Since taking office in July, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pressed parliament to call a general election, primarily in the hopes of gaining a working majority for his Conservative Party. In the 2017 general election, the Conservatives failed to win a majority and were forced into a coalition with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to secure a one-seat majority in the House of Commons. This alliance has been increasingly strained by Johnson’s proposed Brexit withdrawal agreement, while a string of Tory defections has seen the prime minister lose his majority. A minimum of 326 seats are required for a majority in the Commons. The House of Commons rejected three separate bills to hold a snap election, primarily due to concerns that a "No Deal Brexit" had not been taken off the table. Members of parliament eventually approved the general election motion at the fourth attempt in a vote held on October 29, after the European Union delayed the … [Read more...] about Brexit, NHS to Decide UK General Election as Johnson Seeks Conservative Majority
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Key questions about general election results, and how the BBC reports them, answered.How does a party win?By winning more seats in the House of Commons than all the other parties put together. If a party does that, it has what is known as a majority. There are 650 seats available, which means 326 seats are needed to win an overall majority.However, an effective majority could be smaller as Sinn Fein, which won seven seats in Northern Ireland in 2017, traditionally refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen and, as a consequence, is not entitled to vote. So in 2017, 650 minus Sinn Fein's seven would be 643 voting MPs, and 322 would have been enough to command a majority. But obviously that figure changes depending on how many non-voting MPs there are.What is a constituency?Also called a seat, in a general election, this is where the political battles are fought. Voters in each constituency choose just one MP. Interactive content: Upgrade your browser for the full experience. … [Read more...] about General election 2019: How the BBC calculates and reports results
The election campaign formally kicked off on November 6 but parties had been gearing up for a ballot box showdown for months. Deputy Political Editor Ben Glaze charts the course that brought us to the third general election in just over four years. July 23:Boris Johnson is elected leader of the Conservative Party, beating rival Jeremy Hunt by a margin of almost two to one - 92,153 votes to 46,656. July 24:Theresa May meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace and formally resigns as Prime Minister. Johnson is invited to form a Government and becomes PM - the Tories’ third since the 2010 general election. July 25: Johnson makes his Despatch Box debut as PM before the Commons rises for a five-and-a-half week recess. He spends the summer campaigning on Brexit , paving the way for what he hopes will be an autumn general election. August 28: The Queen - acting on advice from privy counsellors Jacob Rees-Mogg , the Commons Leader; Baroness Natalie Evans, the Lords Leader; and Chief Whip … [Read more...] about General election 2019 timeline: Boris Johnson’s 5 months hurtling to the polls
More than 3million EU citizens live in the UK - and Brexit will have a profound impact on their lives. But unless they have British, Irish, Cypriot or Maltese citizenship, it's very likely they will not be able to vote in a December general election. That's despite a last-minute bid by MPs to reform their rights and allow them to take part in the pre-Christmas snap poll - which failed to get a vote in the Commons. Yet EU citizens can vote in other elections in the UK, such as for the European Parliament or local councils. And they can join the electoral register. So we'd forgive you if you find the rules a little confusing. Here's how the rules currently stand ahead of an expected December election. Can EU citizens vote in a general election? No - at least not currently. EU citizens living in the UK can register to vote, and can vote in the following: European Parliament elections (though you have to fill out a form called UC1 to prove you're not also voting in another country). … [Read more...] about Can EU citizens vote in a UK general election? The law explained
THE UK general election 2019 is today and polling stations close at 10pm. This is what you should know about how to vote. Follow our general election 2019 live blog for all the latest news and updates How to vote in the 2019 general election? You should be registered to vote on the GOV.UK website. The deadline passed on November 26. If you missed the deadline you will not be able to vote today.Postal votes must arrive at your electoral office by 10pm tonight. If you are registered but unable to vote in person, there is still time to vote by emergency proxy. To vote in person, you should go to the location on your polling card. Polling expert John Curtice warns Boris Johnson doesn't have the election in the bag - yet Can I vote online? No. Although people register to vote online, you can’t actually vote online in the general election.To cast your vote you must head to your polling station and do it the old fashioned way, unless you previously registered for a postal vote. … [Read more...] about How to vote in the UK general election 2019?