P3-Explain The Electoral Processes Used In UK Elections

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P3 - Explain the electoral processes used in UK elections. In the UK there are various different methods of voting, depending on what level of government you are voting for. These are the main ones - UK Parliament, in the UK parliament the House of Commons is elected by the first past the post system (FPTP), the country is split into 650 constituencies and each one votes for an MP to represent them, some candidates represents parties and others are independent. The House of Lords are appointed not voted for, they are appointed by the queen on the prime ministers request. Local councils, these are elected in England and Wales using the same method of FPTP except you vote for 2 or 3 to win in each ward so it’s the top ones that win rather…show more content…
The Liberal Democrats entered into coalition talks with the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. The liberal democrats chose to go with the conservatives, together making the majority vote. This meant the new government was formed, ending 13 years of labour government, also with labours leader Gordon Brown resigning as prime minister and being taken over by David Cameron of conservative party and his deputy Nick Clegg of liberal democrats. Who is entitled to stand for election Candidates in a UK General Election must be 18 or above and a citizen of Britain, the republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country. A person will be stopped from standing for election if they have been declared bankrupt, they are in prison serving a sentence of at least 12 months, they have been found guilty of past election offences, they are already able to vote in the house of lords or they are a police officer, a member of the armed forces or a judge. How to become a candidate Collect nomination papers from your local returning officer, complete the form and get 10 people from the constituency you want to stand for to sign for you. Take the forms back at least two weeks before polling
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