When the polling stations close at 22:00 GMT on Thursday, 12 December, what should you be looking out for? Here is a guide to the key questions and battlegrounds.1. Is Boris Johnson's position secure?For Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be able to push ahead with his Brexit plans, the Conservatives need to win an outright majority. For that they need 326 seats. This is because none of the other parties likely to win seats, including his former allies in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), is in favour of passing the prime minister's Brexit deal into law. Most of the opposition parties (though not the DUP) favour a further referendum on whether the UK should, or should not, leave the EU. So, if the prime minister fails to win a majority, he could find himself forced out of Downing Street - and replaced by an alternative government that sets about holding a new referendum.2. What happens to Labour's 'red wall'?If Mr Johnson is to win an overall majority, he is likely to have to win a … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: Five things to watch out for on the night
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The Brexit Party has its eye on Hartlepool, the town that delivered the most decisive Leave vote in the north-east of England in the 2016 EU referendum. Despite being a Labour stronghold for decades - and the Labour candidate insisting Brexit has hardly been mentioned when he has been canvassing - could Hartlepool give Nigel Farage's party its first Westminster MP this week?The sometimes rebellious nature of Hartlepool's electorate is perhaps best illustrated by a man dressed as a monkey becoming mayor.Stuart Drummond was H'Angus the Monkey, the simian suit-wearing mascot of the town's football club who won the 2002 mayoral election on the strength of offering every school pupil a daily banana. Despite not delivering on that pledge, he won two more terms and was widely regarded as having done a good job.But throughout his time as mayor, the town had a Labour MP - and in fact it has since 1964.Over those decades, Hartlepool has lost its shipbuilding, fishing, steel and coalmining … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Why is the Brexit Party targeting Hartlepool?
We've had key messages hammered home, the odd gaffe and rows over TV debates. But what else have we learnt since Boris Johnson called a snap election?1) It's been a presidential-style campaignWe don't have a presidential voting system in the UK, but you wouldn't know it from the campaigns of the two main parties.The choice is between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, the Conservatives and Labour have said throughout - with both leaders travelling up and down the country to appeal to voters.We have barely seen some of the front bench - Home Secretary Priti Patel or Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom at main campaign events, for example - and on Labour's side we haven't seen shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer or shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry.But, during a sit-down interview with BBC Breakfast, Mr Corbyn said it was "not a presidential election".He was responding to a question on whether he has been a hindrance on the doorstep, amid reports that some candidates are finding … [Read more...] about General election 2019: 10 things you need to know about the campaign
An IT error has resulted in some people who are not registered to vote being "wrongly informed" they can take part in Thursday's general election.The Electoral Commission said a glitch in software used by some councils had led to a "small number" of ineligible people being told they could vote. The watchdog said it was working with those councils to ensure those affected did not turn up to vote in error.Registration for the election closed on 26 November.Anyone aged 18 or over can take part in Thursday's election, as long as they are a British citizen or qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland. However, they must have registered to vote by last month's deadline. Live: Final day on the campaign trail Leaders in final push for votes ahead of election The mix-up was caused by incorrect "settings" on software supplied to councils by Electoral Reform Services, which helps run elections on behalf of local authorities and other organisations. A spokesman for the firm - … [Read more...] about General election 2019: People ‘wrongly informed’ they can vote
Polling day on Thursday will see 650 MPs elected to Westminster. But what about those candidates who don't win the seat they're contesting?Here, we answer a selection of your questions about the election's losers. Historically, in which election did a party lose the most seats? - Andy Morris, DundeeThe biggest loss for a party in modern political times came when Winston Churchill's Conservatives lost 189 seats as Labour swept to a landslide victory under Clement Atlee in 1945.The 1997 landslide for Tony Blair's Labour Party comes close, with John Major's Conservatives losing 171 seats in that election.Labour lost 40 of their 41 Scottish seats in 2015, the year the SNP won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland.In 2017, the SNP lost 21 of the 56 they'd won just two years before. This was the second biggest loss of Scottish seats since World War Two.What happens if the PM loses his seat in the election? - Frankie Abel, NorwichNo incumbent prime minister has ever lost their seat at a general … [Read more...] about Election 2019, Your Questions Answered: What happens to the losers?