Students' Guide to the 2017 Elections

There are elections this June.


On Thursday 8 June 2017, there will be a UK General Election. If you are not registered to vote, you will need to register to vote by Monday 22 May to be able to vote at the UK general election.

Where will you be in June? Plan where you will vote – at your term address, at your home address, by postal vote – and make sure you’re registered in time.

Registering to vote / the electoral roll

You can register to vote if you are a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen who is residing in the UK. Aside from the democratic power this grants you, being registered on the electoral register (also known as electoral roll) is also important for your credit rating.

As student, you may be eligible to register both at home and at your term-time address.
Tip: if one is a safe seat and the other a marginal / battleground seat, you can maximise your democratic power by voting in the area where your vote has a bigger chance of having an impact.

Even though you may be able to register as a voter in two areas, you must not vote twice in the General Election, as that is a criminal offence.

See the Your Vote Matters – information for students page for more information.

What are the elections for?

At the General Election, the public votes for Members of Parliament (MPs) who will represent the people of the UK in the House of Commons. This is one of the two houses of Parliament. (The House of Lords is not elected).

After the General Election, the leader of the party with the most MPs is asked by the Queen to become Prime Minister and to form a government that will run the country.

What candidates and parties are there?

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You can look up the list of candidates who will be standing for election in your area on the Who can I vote for website.

Who is representing you at the moment?

You can find our who your current/former MP is on (Parliament has been dissolved, so technically you are not represented by an MP until new ones have been elected)

Who’s going to win the elections?

Until election day, there can be no certainty of the election outcomes. However, various organisations track public opinions and conduct polls, which allow statisticians to work out the likely outcome if an election took place right now (a prediction which will continually update and keep changing until election day).