The next United Kingdom general election will be held on 7 May 2015, to elect the 56th Parliament of the United Kingdom.
The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 mandates dissolution of the present 55th Parliament on 30 March 2015 and provides that the election will be held on 7 May.
There are local elections scheduled to take place on the same day across most of England, with the exception of Greater London. There are no additional elections scheduled to take place in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, apart from any local by-elections.
What follows is a collection of facts and data to help you with your decision…
Where Parties Stand on Main Issues
Main Parties Manifestos
Manifestos at a Glance (BBC News)
Why Vote? (Bite the Ballot)
Make an informed decision (Verto)
United Kingdom General Election, 2015 (Wikipedia)
2015 UK Parliamentary Election Forecast (Election Forecast)
YouGov Election Centre (YouGov)
Independent elections watchdog and regulator of party and election finance (Electoral Commission)
House of Commons Composition
The ITV Leaders’ Debate
Timetable for 2015 Parliamentary Elections
Please be aware that the timetable may change in the event of days being appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.
This timetable is based on the assumption that the writ is received on the day following the dissolution of Parliament.
Thursday 26 March 2015 – Prorogation 2015
The formal end of the parliamentary session is marked by what is known as ‘prorogation’. The 2014-15 session of Parliament was prorogued on Thursday 26 March 2015 until Monday 30 March 2015.
Monday 30 March 2015 – Dissolution
Dissolution of Parliament takes place.
Writs will be issued for elections in the UK’s 650 constituencies.
A proclamation will be made announcing when Parliament will meet after the general election and setting the date of the Queen’s Speech at State Opening.
Thursday 9 April – Candidate nomination papers deadline
Deadline for candidates to deliver nomination papers to (Acting) Returning Officer (4pm) and deadline for candidates to withdraw (4pm).
Monday 20 April – Voter registration deadline 2015
Deadline for receiving applications for registration.
Tuesday 21 April – Deadline for applying for postal vote
Deadline for receiving applications for a new postal vote and postal proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday 21 April.
Tuesday 28 April – deadline for proxy vote applications
Deadline for applying for a proxy vote (except for emergency proxies) (5pm).
Thursday 7 May 2015 – Polling day
Polling booths open between 7am and 10pm. Counting of votes will begin when the polls close.