Understanding the General Election

Understanding the General Election


This year was my first year of voting, I read up on all parties manifestos, learnt about voting records and had conversations about politics with many people.
And now, I, like most (I assume anyway) am sick of hearing about the General Election and all things to do with politics at the the moment. It had been all I had heard about since Theresa May had called it back in April up until the date it was held, its even been non-stop since. I needed a break.
I didn’t really understand what a hung parliament meant and what was going to happen next AND I really wasn’t interested in finding out over the weekend so I decided to not read one article on it from early morning Friday.

The peace was brilliant.

But it’s no longer the weekend and I thought I should catch up and try and make sense of it all. Being told that young people had such an amazing impact, I wanted to find out what my vote meant.
Finding out at a hung parliament meant that ‘No single political party won an overall majority in the House of Commons’ I wanted to know more about what happens next. I found the Parliament website and did some digging, here is the information I discovered http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections-and-voting/general/hung-parliament/
This information helped me a lot although I didn’t know much about the current situation. I still needed to gather more information about what was happening.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2017/results gave me a super easy way of reading all the results that had come in. It showed me the Vote Share and the change in this since 2015,the results of the UK overall with how many seats each party has, whether this was more or less than before and how many votes each party has and the voting turnout overall. The page also allows me to find my constituency by map or postcode, leading me to a separate page where my constituencies results where shown along with the turnout and I was able to see the latest updates from Thursday night.









I learnt that the Conservative party did not win enough seats to form a majority government on their own. A majority government needs 326 seats as this is half of the total 650 seats.
Theresa May has asked the DUP party to help her as with their 10 seats they have over 326.

Who are the DUP? I found a recommended article on who they were and read up on it and found further links, this was the main one – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40217141, it helped me understand them more and told me that many of their policies match the Conservatives.
Whilst it is still not confirmed if the DUP will help the Conservatives, they are in discussions currently AND the Labour party arent giving up on their chance to be main party with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister.