Following three failed attempts by the Government to force an early election, on Oct 29 MPs voted in support of a December general election.
This is despite attempts by Opposition parties to amend the date of the election to Dec 9 amid concerns that students could be disenfranchised due to not being at their term-time address over the holidays. Other amendments to the Bill, such as allowing 16-year-olds and EU citizens to vote, were not selected.
When is the general election?
The UK general election is set to take place on Dec 12. While most of us wouldn’t typically associate the final month of the year with political votes, back in the early 20th century, three general elections took place in December 1910, 1918 and 1923.