Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Look for the election results from the UK

Remember, the UK is 5 hours ahead of EDT and 8 hours ahead of PDT (e.g. polls close in the UK at 2:00pm, PDT).

Pay attention to:
  • which party gets the most seats in Commons (its leaders get the first chances to form a government)
  • how many seats are won by the third, fourth, and fifth place parties (they are likely coalition partners)
  • what kind of deals between parties do journalists and political analysts suggest

General Election 2015 timetable

Thursday 7 May 2015 - Polling day

Polling booths open between 7am and 10pm. Counting of votes will begin when the polls close.

Friday 8 May 2015

Counting continues.

Monday 18 May 2015 - New Parliament summoned

Parliament returns on a date set by proclamation.

The Father of the House presides over the re-election of / election of a new Speaker of the House of Commons.

Royal Commission confirms the election of the Speaker of the Commons.

MPs start swearing the Oath of Allegiance or making an Affirmation in the Commons, starting with the Speaker, followed by the Father of the House, the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet.

Swearing in continues for two or three further days.

Members of the House of Lords start swearing the Oath of Allegiance or making an Affirmation in the Lords…

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