Elections

What is a general election? How does it work?
What other types of election do we have?
What's a political party and what's the difference between them all?


Find the answers to all of these questions and much more here.

General Elections: Every five years candidates representing political parties across the country compete for a seat in the House of Commons. The party that wins the general election forms the government and runs the country. For a quick guide to general elections watch the video below - How the general election works in nearly 60 seconds - from Parliament's Education Service.

Election Steps: To find out about the stages involved in an election follow through each of the election steps.

Election Information: General Election... Local Election... What's it all about?! Find out about the different types of elections in the UK in the election information section.

Party Information: What is the difference between Labour and the Conservatives? What policies do the Liberal Democrats, Greens and UKIP have? And what about the parties in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Check out the party information section to find out.