When is the next UK general election due to take place and how often do the votes have to be held?

Here is all you need to know about when we are likely to next head to the polls.

What is a General Election?

A General Election is the chance for people in the UK to select an MP to represent their local area in the House of Commons.

Normally there will be several candidates, each from a different political party, standing to be MP in each constituency.

The vote will also determine who will be elected as the UK Prime Minister.

The last General Election was held on June 8, 2017.

How often are General Elections held in the UK?

General elections have to be held at least every five years in the UK.

Previously elections could be called simply by the Prime Minister going to the Queen at any point within five years of the last one.

But after the Fixed Term Parliament Act was passed in 2011 the five-year gap was enshrined in law.

The act states that general elections are to be held on the first Thursday in May every five years.

However, it has two provisos for the polls opening early.

Firstly: "A motion of no confidence passed in Her Majesty’s Government by a simple majority and 14 days elapses without the House passing a confidence motion in any new Government formed."

And Secondly: "A motion for a general election is agreed by two thirds of the total number of seats in the Commons including vacant seats (currently 434 out of 650)."


When is the next General Election?

The next general election in the United Kingdom is scheduled to be held on May 5, 2022, under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

But The Sunday Times reported on September 23rd that Theresa May's aides had secretly been planning for a snap election in November this year.

It was claimed that in response to the fallout from the EU summit in Salzburg in September 2018 by "war-gaming" a vote was needed to win backing for a new Brexit plan.

One aide reportedly asked another: “What are you doing in November — because I think we are going to need an election.”

It was also claimed that another member of her inner circle had said she was planning to stand down next summer in a bid to prevent ministerial resignations now to force her out.

The date of the last general election was June 8, 2017, which saw the Conservatives lose their majority but remain in Government after they struck a deal with the DUP.


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