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.