How parliamentary elections work

In parliament elections you can vote for your local member of parliament (MP) and help to decide who governs the UK.

The UK is divided into 650 areas called constituencies. Each constituency elects one MP.

There are two constituencies in Sutton borough: Sutton and Cheam, and Carshalton and Wallington.

You get one vote to help choose the MP for your area from a list of candidates.

The person with the most votes becomes the MP.

If a political party gets 326 or more out of 650 MPs they can form a government to run the country.

If no party gets 326 MPs the parties have to agree among themselves who will run the country. This is called a “hung parliament”.

Elections for parliament must be held at least once every five years. The prime minister can choose to have an election earlier if they wish.