What do I need to know?
What has happened?
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she wants to hold a general election on 8 June - three years earlier than scheduled.
What is a general election?
A general election is how the British public decides who they want to represent them in Parliament, and ultimately run the country. Everyone who is eligible - and registered - gets to vote for one candidate to represent their local area - which is known in Parliament as a constituency.
The candidates standing for election are usually drawn from political parties, but can also stand as independents. The person with the most votes in a constituency is elected as its MP, to represent their constituency in the House of Commons.
The leader of the political party with the most MPs after the election is expected to be asked by the Queen to become prime minister and form a government to run the country. The leader of the political party with the second highest number of MPs normally becomes leader of the Opposition.
Who is allowed to vote?Basically, if you're aged 18 or over on election day, registered to vote and a British citizen you can vote. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland resident in the UK and citizens of qualifying Commonwealth states resident in the UK can also vote if they are over 18 and registered to vote.
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