Category: Elections

What is a General Election?

General Elections are an opportunity for the public to elect a Member of Parliament to represent their constituency in Parliament. Members of the public decide who to vote for by considering a number of factors including; each political party’s manifesto promises, or the...

What are Local Elections?

In local government elections you are voting for between one and three councillors to represent your ‘ward’ on the local council. There are 388 local councils in England and about 20,000 councillors. If you want to know...

What is a Recall Election?

A relatively new democratic tool in the UK. The recall process allows constituents to hold their MPs to account outside the regular electoral cycle. History of recall Whilst since 1981 MPs would lose their...

What is a By-Election?

A by-election is a bit like a mini-general election, held in a single constituency to decide upon a new MP, following the seat becoming ‘vacant’ between two general elections. They are usually held because...

What are London Assembly Elections?

The Assembly scrutinises the work of the Mayor and holds the power to amend the Mayor’s budget and reject ‘Mayoral strategies’ (policy objectives). They are also responsible for overseeing important issues for Londoners such as transport, policing and the environment.