The purpose of a general election is to provide freedom of choice to the public on what party they feel should run the country. It is important to register at your constituency to be qualified to take part in voting. Each person is allowed to vote for one MP, who represents their party and the overall party with the most votes has their party leader as prime minister undertaken by the Queen. There are a few essential requirements needed to be able to vote: a British citizen, over 18 and you need to be registered to vote. Certain qualifying commonwealth states such as Ireland are allowed to vote, if the person if over 18. If you are away from home/overseas during the general election, you are able to vote online, if you have registered to vote in the past 15 years. By going to the Electoral Commissioner's website ‘http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/our-work/who-we-are/the-commissioners’, you are able to check if you are registered to vote; if not feel free to register on the governmental website with a printable form attached.
The next general election has been called on 8th June by Theresa May the UK prime minister. It is believed she is holding the election to able to focus more on brexit negotiations, she is already fully aware that other parties such as: labour, SNP and the Lib Dem’s will take their shoot to delay the negotiations. Fortunately, she stands in high popularity, as votes from April show: the conservatives are leading by 43%, labour by 25%, Lib Dems with 10%, UKIP at 11% and the green party following on with 4%. However, in previous elections such as in 2015, the polls have proven to be incorrect, so take caution on predictions until the official result. Throughout her time as PM, she has successfully helped to reduce the forever growing deficit and backed plans for more grammar schools.
Normally, the next general election would have been hold in 2020, more precisely on the first Thursday in May, by the 2011 Fixed Term Parliaments Act. However over two-thirds of MP’s voted for another general election, 522 votes: 2 votes, which May has accepted. Jeremy Corbyn commented on May’s choice, ‘chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first’. Another term of reference is ‘snap election’ and the last time this happened was by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1966 whose purpose was to increase Labour MP’s in parliament. Currently, the next election is now due for 2022, but this could change any time if ⅔ of MP’s chose otherwise. Campaigning for the election is most likely to start anytime soon as parliament will be breaking up on the 3rd May. It is expected that Labour’s manifesto will be released in the next two weeks, whereas Labour may be the second week in May. As of recently chancellor George Osborne will be leaving Westminster ‘for now’, followed by Labour’s Alan Johnson and 12 other various party members. At the moment the conservatives hold 330 seats in Parliament, Labour has 229, the SNP have 54 and the Liberal Democrats hold 9. As for now, the outcome of the election is far from certain, with Labour even announcing that if elected, they will introduce 4 new bank holidays into the public calendar.