What is a hung Parliament?

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Beatrice Quarshie

A hung Parliament occurs when no single political party holds the majority amount of seats in Parliament, in other words no party has more than half of the seats in the House of Commons.

Due to there not being a party with a majority of seats the hung Parliament means that the party that ends up in power will not be able to pass laws on their own but will have rely on the support from members of other parties. However if the smaller parties join forces they can outvote the government and this makes it hard to pass laws.

One way of solving the hung Parliament is for larger parties to persuade smaller parties to support them and form an absolute majority by creating a coalition government. This was seen in 2010 when the hung Parliament resulted in the coalition of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

For a majority Government to be formed, 326 seats have to be taken by the same party. What remains to be seen is whether this years’ General Election will result in a hung Parliament or an overall win for one party. Recent polls suggest no clear winner- have you say in our poll below:

Be sure to check LSU Media News for updates on the General Election as well as comment pieces and general information to assist in making the right choice for you.


About Author

This is Beatrice's third year with LSU Media. In her first year she wrote for Label in both Features and News, her second year saw her take the position of Music Content Coordinator for LSU Media as well as Label Features Editor. Her third and final year with Label sees her take the position of Head of Online, Marketing and Distrubution where she hopes to maximise Label's presence on and off campus.

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