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Who is elected in a UK General Election?

In the UK, General Elections take place every 5years in May, unless Parliament votes to hold an election sooner. Candidates compete for a seat in the House of Commons.

General Elections in the UK are comprised of 650 individual elections that take place on one single day. Each election is in essence, a constituency and each constituency has a similar number of votes. When a candidate wins his constituency, s/he wins a seat in the House of Commons.

To acquire votes, candidates campaign in their constituencies. They will also join, in most cases, with a political party that mirrors their same values and ideals. Candidates general win votes by announcing the policies which will guide their decision-making process in Parliament. When a voter votes for a candidate, they are also voting for that political party.

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