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General Election 2017—election basics and the dissolution of Parliament

General Election 2017—election basics and the dissolution of Parliament
Published on: 19 May 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • General Election 2017—election basics and the dissolution of Parliament
  • What electoral system is currently used in the UK and how does it work?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of FPTP?
  • Who is entitled to vote and are there any restrictions?
  • Who is responsible for organising the election and what measures must be put in place?
  • What is prorogation and what happens to Parliament in this time? Does the civil service or the House of Lords continue to operate and if so, what decisions can they make?
  • Where can details of the election manifestos be accessed and is the role of manifestos changing?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: As the UK unexpectedly finds itself preparing to return to the polls, Greg Callus, barrister at 5RB and co-editor of ‘The Politicos Guide to the 2015 General Election’, explains the basics of the UK electoral system. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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