General Election

The UK Parliament represents the people of the United Kingdom and has the power to make decisions and pass laws.


The next General Election will be in:

May 2022




  •  How often are general elections held?

    A General Election must take place every five years but may be called earlier than that. The Prime Minister decides the exact date of an election but it traditionally takes place on a Thursday.


    Election day is also called Polling Day because this is when you cast your vote. Traditionally this is at a Polling Station.


    Polling Stations

  •  Why do we have general elections?

    General Elections are held to elect Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House of Commons.


    Vale AMs, MP and MEPs



  •  What is the UK Parliament?
    The UK Parliament is made up of two chambers or ‘Houses’ – the House of Commons and the House of Lords.


    The House of Commons is made up of representatives called Members of Parliament (MPs). Each MP represents a part of the UK called a ‘constituency’ or ‘seat’. The political party with the most MPs in the House of Commons forms the Government.  This is currently the Conservative Party.


    The Government proposes new laws and raises issues for Parliament to debate. It also puts into action the decisions made by Parliament.


    Members of the House of Lords scrutinise the work of the House of Commons.


    The Queen also has an important role to play in the UK Parliament, although it is mostly ceremonial.

    She approves laws made by Parliament and delivers the Queen's Speech which sets out what the Government plans to do each year.

  •  What does the UK Parliament do?

    The UK Parliament represents the people of the United Kingdom. 

    It has the power to make decisions and pass laws on a wide range of issues that affect us day-to-day. It also:

    • debates major issues of the day
    • scrutinises government policy
    • protects the public and safeguards the rights of individuals
  • How is the UK Parliament elected?

    At a General Election, you choose a candidate to represent your home area in the House of Commons by casting your vote for them.


    That candidate becomes an MP if they have the majority of votes.


    After a General Election, the leader of the party with the most MPs is asked by the Queen to become Prime Minister and to form a government that will run the country.

  • Do I need to register?

    You need to be on the Electoral Register before you can vote.


    How To Register


  •  How do I vote?

    If you are registered on the Electoral Register then you are able to vote.


    Voting Methods






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