May 02, 2017
The United Kingdom general election of 2017 is scheduled to take place on 8 June 2017. Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies will elect one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament.
In line with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, an election had not been due until 7 May 2020, but a call for a snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May received the necessary two-thirds majority in a 522 to 13 vote in the House of Commons on 19 April 2017. The Conservative Party, which has governed since 2015 (and as a senior coalition partner from 2010), is defending a majority of 12 against the Labour Party, the official opposition. The third largest party is the Scottish National Party, which won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies in 2015. The Liberal Democrats are the fourth largest party, with 9 seats.
Negotiation positions following the UK's invocation of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union in March 2017 to leave the EU are expected to dominate the election campaign. Opinion polling for the popular vote since the election was called has given May's Conservatives a significant lead over Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn.