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WHO IS ELECTED IN A UK GENERAL ELECTION?

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In the UK, General Elections take place every 5 years 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.

 

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HOW IS A PRIME MINISTER CHOSEN?

If one political party is able to win more than half of the seats in the House of Commons, its leader will become the Prime Minister and be able to form the government. All of the other political parties are classified as the ‘opposition.’ The party with the second greatest number of seats is referred to as the main opposition party and its leader becomes the ‘leader of the opposition.’

 

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WHAT ARE THE MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE UK?

The three major political parties in the UK are the: Conservative Party (formerly known as the Tories), the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats (formerly known as the Whigs). The political party will assist the candidates across the whole of the country.

If a candidate is not affiliated with one of these major parties, they are usually classified as ‘independent.’

WHAT IS A HUNG PARLIAMENT?

When none of the parties win more than half of the seats in the House of Commons, it is called a hung parliament.

In the case of a hung parliament, one of two things can take place. Either two or more parties can agree to work together to govern the country or the party with the most seats can also try to govern with a minority of seats in the House of Commons. They run the risk of defeat if they cannot get enough support on an important vote which may force a general election.

A coalition government is formed when two or more parties work together to govern the country.

 

WHO MAY VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION?

In order to vote in the General Election, residents must be 18 years of age or older, a native of the United Kingdom, registered with the Electoral Register, and commonwealth citizens also have additional qualifications dependent upon where they reside.

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WHAT HAPPENS ON POLLING DAY IN THE UK?

On Polling Day, every eligible resident may cast one vote in their local constituency. Polling may be done: in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy.

The candidate with the most votes becomes the local Member of Parliament (MP) for that area. This system is known as ‘first-past-the-post.’

The goal of each political party is to win 326 or more seats in the House of Commons in order to take power in the government.

Bogota joins the Global Greening for St Patrick’s Day 2017

The Ambassador of Ireland to Colombia, Sonja Hyland, and Ireland’s Honorary Consul in Bogotá, Carlos Gómez Lecompte, are delighted to announce that the Colpatria Tower in Bogotá will join the Global Greening programme for 2017.

Ambassador Hyland said; ‘I am delighted to announce that Bogotá is joining Ireland’s ‘Global Greening’ for this first time this year. Every St. Patrick’s Day, 17th March, we turn the most iconic and important monuments in the world green, to celebrate our national day and highlight the ties of history, culture and friendship that link Ireland to communities all over the world. It is particularly appropriate that Colombia should join the global greening campaign just a few weeks after the successful official visit of President Michael D Higgins, the first ever visit of an Irish president to Colombia’.

The Colpatria tower joins more than 250 historic and famous landmarks all around the world that will go green to celebrate Ireland’s national day, including the Colosseum in Rome; the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the Burj al Arab in Dubai; the Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building in New York; the London Eye and Nelson’s Column in London; the Ángel de Independencia in Mexico City, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro; and the Great Wall of China.

In thanking the management of the Colpatria for their support, the Honorary Consul, Carlos Gomez Lecompte, said that Colombia’s first greening would be “a source of great pride for the small but vibrant Irish diaspora and business community in Colombia”.

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Note to Editors:

Information on the Greening and images can be found at:

  • Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2016
  • St Patrick’s Day: A Global Celebration
  • Global Greening line-up for 2017

 

 

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