On 7th May, 2015, voters will go to the polls to elect their representative for the UK Parliament (their ‘Member of Parliament’ or MP) for the next 5 years.
For the UK Parliamentary Election, also known as the General Election, the country is split up into electoral areas called constituencies. Each constituency elects its’ own MP.
When the result of the election is declared for each constituency, the political party that has the majority of elected MPs will take control of the Government. If there is no overall majority then a coalition may be formed by agreement between parties. The leader of the party that takes control of the Government will become the Prime Minister of the country.
It is important to note that the leaders of the political parties do not appear on the ballot paper in every constituency. Each constituency is electing its’ own MP and voters are choosing the representative that they wish to elect for their area.
Candidates wishing to stand for election can refer to our candidates and agents guidance or the Electoral Commissions website for guidance on becoming a candidate.
Important dates for the election:
- From Friday 10th April 2015 - candidates announced
- Monday 20 April 2015 - last day to apply to register to vote
- Tuesday 21 April 2015 - last day to apply to vote by post (by 5pm)
- Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 April 2015 - postal vote packs dispatched by Royal Mail
- Thursday 7 May 2015 - POLLING DAY - 7am - 10pm
- Friday 8 May 2015 - Results will be published