UK Next General Elections

UK Next General Elections

The –term Parliaments Act 2011 provides for General Elections to be held on the first Thursday in May, every five years. 

At present one can witness the ongoing political mess in the UK, as the country went to the polls in May 2015and again for the snap election in June 20117. A General Election is the chance for the people in the UK to select an MP to represent their local area in the House of Commons. Each constituency holds several candidates standing to be MP.  The fate of who will be the next UK Prime minister also widely depends on the votes casted in General Elections.

The next general election in the United Kingdom is scheduled to be held on 5th May 2022 that falls under Fixed-term Parliament’s Act 2011. In the House of Commons an early election motion has been passed by a super-majority of two-thirds which indicates that elections may be held at an earlier date. Or a vote of no confidence in the government which is not followed by a vote of confidence within 14 days can also be a reason for early elections in the UK. In total there are 650 seats in the House of Commons, for which 326 are needed for a clear majority.This would be the first scheduled General Election since 1970 under the current Brexit timetable, which would be held with the United Kingdom outside the European Union and its predecessor the European Communities.

As the next general election is due to take place on 5 May 2022, under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, Parliament would be dissolved prior 25 working days before the date 28th March 2022. The Prime Minister can schedule polling day up to two months after the declared date of 5 May 2022, under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. This scaling of schedules is subject to approval by both the Houses.

A series of unexpected results have changed the face of British politics. The snap general election in 2017 produced a surprise result, as Theresa May’s conservatives lost their majority and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour performed better than expected. A party with an overall parliamentary majority, whgich counts the more of seats than all the other parties combined, following an election forms a government.

 

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