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On June 8 the country will head to the polls to vote in the General Election.

But what is it all about?

Here's your guide to the General Election in Surrey and Hampshire.


Top questions about the General Election


1. What is the General Election?

It is when the general public decides who should run the country.

You will be voting for a Member of Parliament from a particular political party to represent your area in the House of Commons.

There are 650 areas, called constituencies.

The political party with the most MPs gets to run the country.


2. When was the last General Election?

Thursday, 7 May 2015.

David Cameron (Conservatives) won, Ed Miliband (Labour) didn't.

the next was due for 2020.


3. Why are we having one now?

Because the prime minister called one when it wasn't due.

We call this a Snap General Election.

In this case, the UK wasn't due an election until May 2020 - usually held every five years on the first Thursday in May.

In this case 522 MPs voted in favour of an early election - so there will be one.


4. Why did Theresa May call one?

So she can get stuff she wants to get done, done. Mainly Brexit.

That is what she said when she announced the Snap General Election. 

She said she needs unity in the House of Commons. 


5. But she may not win?

True. Her party may not win enough seats - it is a risk.


polling station (Small)

Registering to vote

Anyone who is 18 or over on election day can vote.

You can check whether you are registered to vote on the Electoral Commission website here.

You can register to vote on the Government website here.

You need to register by 11:59pm on 22 May.

You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

Who can I vote for?

Who you can vote for depends on where you live.

Find your constituency in the list below and see who is standing in your area.


East Hampshire

East Surrey

Epsom and Ewell

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Guildford (pdf)

Mole Valley

North East Hampshire

Reigate (pdf)

Runnymede and Weybridge

South West Surrey


Surrey Heath