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2017 United Kingdom general election

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All 650 seats in the House of Commons
326 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout 68.8% (Increase2.5%)
  First party Second party Third party
  Theresa May in Tallin crop (cropped).jpg Jeremy Corbyn closeup.jpg Official portrait of Nicola Sturgeon (cropped 3).jpg
Leader Theresa May Jeremy Corbyn Nicola Sturgeon
Party Conservative Labour SNP
Leader since 11 July 2016 12 September 2015 14 November 2014
Leader's seat Maidenhead Islington North Did not stand
Last election 330 seats, 36.9% 232 seats, 30.4% 56 seats, 4.7%
Seats won 317 262 35
Seat change Decrease13 Increase30 Decrease21
Popular vote 13,636,684 12,878,460 977,569
Percentage 42.4% 40.0% 3.0%
Swing Increase5.5% Increase9.6% Decrease1.7%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Tim Farron 2016 (cropped).jpg Arlene Foster MLA (cropped) 2.jpg Gerry Adams Pre Election Press Conference.jpg
Leader Tim Farron Arlene Foster Gerry Adams
Party Liberal Democrat Democratic Unionist Sinn Féin
Leader since 16 July 2015 17 December 2015 13 November 1983
Leader's seat Westmorland and Lonsdale Did not stand Did not stand
Last election 8 seats, 7.9% 8 seats, 0.6% 4 seats, 0.6%
Seats won 12 10 7
Seat change Increase4 Increase2 Increase3
Popular vote 2,371,910 292,316 238,915
Percentage 7.4% 0.9% 0.7%
Swing Decrease0.5% Increase0.3% Increase0.1%

A map of UK parliamentary constituencies
* Figure does not include the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, who was included in the Conservative seat total by some media outlets.

Prime Minister before election

Theresa May

Appointed Prime Minister

Theresa May

A general election was held on the 8 June 2017 to elect all 650 members of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. It ended in a hung parliament, with the Conservative Party winning the most seats. They had a confidence-and-supply agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party so they would pass a vote of no confidence. Theresa May stayed as prime minister.

Labour won a lot of seats from the Conservatives. This was the first time Labour had gained seats since 1997. The election happened because Parliament voted for a snap election after the 2016 Brexit referendum.


Party Leader Seats won
Conservative Theresa May 330
Labour Jeremy Corbyn 232
SNP Nicola Sturgeon 56
Liberal Democrats Tim Farron 8
DUP Arlene Foster 8
Sinn Féin Gerry Adams
SDLP Colum Eastwood 3
UUP Mike Nesbitt 3
UKIP Paul Nuttall 1
Green Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley 1


The next general election was due to be held on 8 May 2020. Theresa May announced on 18 April 2017 that she wanted it to be held on 8 June . The House of Commons voted in favour of this proposal on 19 April 2017 allowing the election to take place in June 2017.


Exit poll

BBC News, ITV and Sky News all released an exit poll at 10pm. This poll predicted the Conservatives would be the largest party but lose their majority. Exit poll results:

  • Conservative Party - 314
  • Labour Party - 266
  • Scottish National Party - 34
  • Liberal Democrats - 14
  • Plaid Cymru - 3
  • Green Party - 1
  • UK Independence Party - 0
  • Others - 18

Final results

The final results were very similar to the exit poll.

  • Conservative Party - 317 (down 13 seats)
  • Labour Party - 262 (up 30 seats)
  • Scottish National Party - 35 (down 21 seats)
  • Liberal Democrats - 12 (up 4 seats)
  • Plaid Cymru - 3 (no change)
  • Green Party - 1 (no change)
  • United Kingdom Independence Party - 0 (down 1 seat)
  • Others - 18

When the election was called the Conservative Party had a big lead in the polls and they were expected to win by a landslide. As the campaign went on the Labour Party closed the gap in the polls and the Conservatives lost their majority in the House of Commons.

Important MPs who lost their seats include former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond and The leader of the SNP in the House of Commons Angus Robertson.

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