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ELECTION: So what happens if no one wins? #GE2015

Election Day 2015
Election Day 2015

In a situation where no single political party wins an overall majority after the polls close at 10pm tonight (7 May), the 2015 General Election will be known as a ‘hung Parliament’.

Under the current electoral system, First Past The Post (FPTP) the candidate in each of the 650 constituencies with the most votes wins, thus a party needs 326 elected MPs for an outright majority.

​In the case of a hung Parliament, the​ ​current Government will remain in place until a majority government can be formed​ ​- which is what happened in the 2010 General Election.

Talks between party leaders could take days as agreements are brokered ensuring a new administration can function.

This could mean party manifestos that people voted for could be altered or cast aside.

Or, a party leader could opt to go it alone and try to run a minority government.

In that scenario they​ ​would still need the support of other parties in order to get their laws passed.

​​There is only one ​guideline for forming a government in a hung Parliament: that the politician who can tell the Queen that he has a workable majority in the House of Commons is the one the Queen will authorise to form a government.


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