The General Election Results 2017: What Is A Hung Parliament?

09 September 2017
2 minute read

Emma Doyle

What is a hung parliament

The results of yesterday's UK general election have been filtering through since late last night, and their outcome has fallen to a hung parliament.

This happens when no single party can get enough MPs to form a majority on its own. It's a rare occurence in British politics, but was the case following the 1974 election and most recently in 2010.

So, what happens next?

The leader of the party with the most seats - in this case, Theresa May and the Conservative Party, currently with 318 out of 650 seats - still has the oppurtunity to form a government. This can happen through a formal coalition with other parties; or through a 'minority government', in which the smaller parties agree to support the main legislation.

A final decision on the future of our government could be declared in days, but nothing can be confirmed before the MPs hold a vote, which will not happen before 19th June 2017.

Check out our breakdown of the main parties' manifestos, and see what they're pledging to bring to your small business.

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