1. General Election

General Elections (elections to the UK Parliament) take place every 5 years.

The next General Election will be in May 2020.

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 has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

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.