2017 UK General Election

UK General Election

Earlier this year the Prime Minister called for a Snap General Election. This hub will keep you up-to-date on everything happening around the election. From helping you to register to vote, to making sure you're aware of the key deadlines in the run up to the election.

A General Election is the decision-making process for the public to decide who will represent them in Parliament (in turn running the country). Everyone who is eligible - and registered to vote - gets to vote for one candidate to represent their local area referred to as a constituency.

The candidates standing for election are usually drawn from political parties, but can also stand as independents - make sure to read the manifesto of each candidate and each party. The person with the most votes in a constituency is elected as its Member of Parliament (MP), to represent that constituency in the House of Commons.

The Queen will then ask the leader of the political party with the most MPs after the election to form a government.

In order to vote in the election, you have to register online by the deadline. If you don't register, you can't have your say on who runs the country for the next five years.

Register to vote online here

Eligible voters 

Postal vote forms

Key dates

Deadline: Register to vote online by 22 May midnight

Deadline: Register to vote by postal vote: 23 May 17:00

Polls open: 8 June 07:00

Polls close: 8 June 22:00