The Outcome of the General Election 2017


We've just had a General Election, which means that we have voted for who will be running the country for the next five years - but what actually happened?

Even if you’re not interested in politics, you wouldn’t have heard the end of it over the last week or so. But in case you haven’t heard, we’ve just had a General Election, which means that we have voted for who will be running the country for the next five years. Even if you’re not interested in politics, you wouldn’t have heard the end of it over the last week or so. But in case you haven’t heard, we’ve just had a General Election, which means that we have voted for who will be running the country for the next five years. The result? The Conservatives will be joining forces with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for the next 5 years.

What’s The Reason For The General Election Results?

Politics across the world is different depending on what country you’re in. In the UK, the country is split up into different constituencies, and you vote for who you want to elect in your local constituency. This person then gets what is called a ‘seat’ in Parliament, to win the overall election, a party needs to get the majority of seats to be in charge – 326 to be precise.

The results were as follows:

Conservatives – 318 seats
Labour – 262 Seats
Scottish National Party – 35 Seats
Liberal Democrat – 12 Seats
Democratic Unionist Party -10 Seats
Sinn Fein – 7 Seats
Plaid Cymru – 4 Seats
Green Party - 1 Seats

Although getting considerably fewer votes than in previous elections, the Conservatives were the largest party however they did not get the majority. Labour now has 30 more seats than previously, but also did not get a majority. As a result of this, no party ‘won’ so  Parliament is described as being ‘hung’. This means that no party won the majority of votes, and a coalition Government must form.

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