18 April 2015

UK General Election

When is the general election?

Election day is Thursday, May 7. Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

What is the general election?

The general election is when Britain elects members of the House of Commons - MPs. Each MP represents a constituency. There are 650 constituencies.

What is a hung parliament?

Just about every expert and politician will tell you that the election result is going to be close, very close. So close that we get a hung parliament.
A hung parliament means that no single party has a majority of seats in the House of Commons. A majority means 326 seats or more (that's half of Parliament plus one additional seat):

How many people actually vote?

Around 48 million people will be eligible to vote in the general election. Not all of them will do so. Some 65.1 per cent of the country turned out to vote back in 2010. But most analysts expect a higher turnout this time.