- Monday 30th March - dissolution of parliament
- Thursday 9th April - deadline for candidates to state their candidacy
- Monday 20th April - Tuesday 28th April - deadline for voters to register their intention to vote [postal, online or otherwise]
- Thursday 7th May - polling day! Voting ends at 10pm, and counting begins and continues the following day
To confirm, there are 650 seats in the House of Commons [650 MPs] - to negate the need for a coalition government [or worse still, the chance of a minority government], a majority party would need more than 50% of the seats [i.e. 326 seats or more]. In the last General Election, the Conservatives had a majority, but not THE majority needed to form a government - 306 seats won against Labour's 258 seats. They took the decision to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats who had won 57 seats.
It's predicted this year that we'll have another hung parliament [*groan*] with Labour having a majority, just not the majority needed to form a government. It's suggested that Labour will form a majority coalition with the SNP, ironic really given how opposed to the structure of the UK, the SNP are! Only possible variable is that the Lib Dems don't do as poorly as predicted and retain enough seats to form the coalition.
Conservatives: Leading the coalition since 2010, David Cameron has been focussing on "building a stronger, more competitive economy and securing a better future for Britain".
Labour: The Labour Party constitution states: "The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. It believes that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone."
Liberal Democrats: Part of the coalition, the Lib Dems say: "We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience."
UKIP: UKIP's principal aim is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and their manifesto is based upon "Common Sense policies".
Green Party: The Green Party promotes the policies of ecological sustainability, a fairer, more stable economy and a more equal society.
The SNP [Scotland] and Plaid Cymru [Wales] have very patriotic and national policies.
So, who will you all be voting for? How will you be voting? Are you invested in politics, locally and nationally? If you won't be voting, then why?