The next General Election will take place on Thursday 8th June 2017

What is a General Election?

Every five years, each constituency in the UK elects one MP (Member of Parliament) to a seat in the House of Commons. In some cases, it may be more often than that – as for this election, which has been called just two years since the last General Election. Prime Minister Theresa May has called this ‘snap’ General Election because she says this will improve the UK’s negotiating position for exiting the European Union. We disagree.

Most MPs are members of a political party, although they may be independent.

The political party that wins a majority of seats in the House of Commons usually forms the Government.

They do this outright if they win more seats than all other parties combined, or if one party wins the most seats but not enough for an outright majority, a government is formed by a coalition of parties.

MPs from the governing party or coalition may become responsible for a ministerial department like Transport or Health.

Theo Simon is standing for election as a Green Party candidate in the 2017 General Election.

MPs divide their time between working in Parliament and working in the constituency which elected them.

In Parliament, as well as voting on new laws and questioning government ministers on current policies and issues, MPs raise matters on behalf of their constituents, and work in detail as part of committees on wider topics like Energy and Climate Change.

In their local constituencies, MPs hold surgeries to discuss issues that are important to local people, which helps them represent real concerns back in Parliament.

How do I vote in the General Election?

You need to be on the electoral register to vote in UK elections and referendums. Make sure you are registered – you need to do this every year.  Click here to register. It’s easy to do.

If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card before the election telling you where your nearest polling station is (usually a school or local hall) and when you can cast your vote.

If you’re unable to get to a polling station, you can use a postal or proxy vote.