General Elections (elections to the UK Parliament) take place every 5 years.
The next General Election will be on 8 June 2017.
To vote in a General Election you must:
- be registered to vote
- be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
- be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
- be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- not be legally excluded from voting
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.
There are 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK Parliament.
MPs are elected using the First Past the Post system. You vote once for a candidate in your constituency and the candidate with the most votes becomes your MP.
You can find your local MP.
Read more about General Elections on The Electoral Commission website.