As British voters prepare to head to the polls for a defining general election - the third in four years - they face a difficult choice, involving two unpopular leaders. Or as Nick Boles, a former Conservative MP, views it, an "appalling choice" between a "compulsive liar" and a "totalitarian".The former - in Boles' opinion - is Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The latter is Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. It's as if the 2016 US presidential election, where both major candidates were deemed flawed and untrustworthy, is playing itself out again three years later, on the other side of the Atlantic."People are cynical and saying that they're fed up on the doorstep," Mary Roberts, a Labour candidate in the north Wales constituency of Ynys Mon, told supporters at a rally on Sunday. "That makes it difficult sometimes." Canvassers and activists in the crowd echoed that sentiment. Voters want all of this - Brexit, the election, the nonstop drumbeat of political chaos - to be over … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Why this UK vote is a huge deal
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Key questions about general election results, and how the BBC reports them, answered.How does a party win?By winning more seats in the House of Commons than all the other parties put together. If a party does that, it has what is known as a majority. There are 650 seats available, which means 326 seats are needed to win an overall majority.However, an effective majority could be smaller as Sinn Fein, which won seven seats in Northern Ireland in 2017, traditionally refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen and, as a consequence, is not entitled to vote. So in 2017, 650 minus Sinn Fein's seven would be 643 voting MPs, and 322 would have been enough to command a majority. But obviously that figure changes depending on how many non-voting MPs there are.What is a constituency?Also called a seat, in a general election, this is where the political battles are fought. Voters in each constituency choose just one MP. Interactive content: Upgrade your browser for the full experience. … [Read more...] about General election 2019: How the BBC calculates and reports results
It's 6.30am, it's freezing cold, the election's on a knife edge, and Boris Johnson needs every vote he can get. So he hides in a fridge while his minder tells Piers Morgan to f*** off on live TV. A perfect example, if another were really needed, of how people have wallowed in a lack of glory during this general election campaign. Democratic scrutiny, competent messaging, and the ancient right of the people to have access to those in power, all boiled down to a TV 'gotcha' moment in which no-one got anything. We didn't get any answers. Johnson didn't get questioned. All we saw was personalities, and what was broadcast changed no minds about anyone involved. And it was entirely predictable. Johnson is renowned for not doing interviews with many weeks' notice - he was never going to do one on the hoof. The minder probably wouldn't know the camera was broadcasting, and anyone at GMB with their heads screwed on might have expected a melee with a microphone to pick up some fruity … [Read more...] about So it’s the election – and how have we done?
BORIS Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have been fighting for every vote as the fear of a hung parliament looms. Here's what you need to know. What is a minority government? The House of Commons has 650 constituencies and a party must secure 326 MPs to create a majority government. If one party has more than half of Parliament, they can pass whatever laws they want without the assistance of any other party — if their backbenchers don't rebel. A minority government is usually run by the party with the most seats, but they are not guaranteed to win votes alone because they still have less than half the total number of MPs. When was the last time there was a minority government? Theresa May's election gamble lost her the majority in 2017, so she formed a minority government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party,Her Conservative party had 318 seats leaving them eight short of an overall majority, while the Northern Irish party has 10 seats. Speaking outside No.10, Prime Minister … [Read more...] about What is a minority government and how does it work?
This could be the most important general election for decades. On 12 December 2019, the British public will take to the polling stations to cast their votes on Britain's political future. In addition to a huge focus in the campaigns on the future of the Brexit crisis, the safety of the NHS has also been a key sticking point for many voters who are keen to ensure that the British institution is protected at all costs. Current prime minister Boris Johnson is looking to gain a majority for the current Conservative government, while Jeremy Corbyn is hoping to bring Labour back into power to enact social reform. Other party leaders hoping for success include Jo Swinson for the Liberal Democrats , Nicola Sturgeon for the SNP , and Nigel Farage for the Brexit Party. But, how do you know if you are registered to vote? How to check you're registered to vote If you are uncertain on whether you are registered to vote in the general election tomorrow then you need to check with your local … [Read more...] about Am I registered to vote? How to check you’re registered to vote in the general election