UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage stood down shortly after the EU Referendum and was replaced by Dianne James, while Green Party of England and Wales leader Natalie Bennett did not stand for a third two-year term as leader in August 2016, leading to the election of Caroline Lucas & Jonathan Bartley as co-leaders.
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader Alasdair Mc Donnell was defeated for re election as leader of his party in November 2015, and Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson stood down in December 2015.
The election is planned to be held on the same day as London's next mayoral election, .
If one party obtains a majority of seats, then that party is entitled to form the Government, with its leader as Prime Minister.If the election results in no single party having a majority, then there is a hung parliament.In this case, the options for forming the Government are either a minority government or a coalition government.The next general election in the United Kingdom is scheduled to be held on Thursday , in line with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011; it may be held at an earlier date in the event of a vote of no confidence or other exceptional circumstances.It will elect the 57th Parliament of the United Kingdom.
In general elections in the United Kingdom, voting takes place in single member constituencies to elect Members of Parliament (MPs) to seats in the House of Commons, the lower house of the Parliament.There are 650 constituencies represented in the House, but it is likely that this number will be reduced to 600 for the next general election.The leader of the resultant government will become the Prime Minister.All major parties, except the Scottish National Party (SNP), Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and Plaid Cymru, will contest this election with different leaders from 2015.Conservative leader and Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, after the outcome of the EU Referendum differed from his personal stance, and was replaced by Theresa May.Labour leader and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband resigned after losing the 2015 General Election, as did Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg.