Voters in Battersea have gone to the polls to cast their ballots in the General Election.
Boris Johnson called the election to end the Brexit deadlock, the first December election since 1923.
MPs passed legislation approving the poll in October by a decisive margin of 438 votes to 20, seeing Britain’s political parties leap into action for an impassioned five-week campaign period.
The PM said the election beckoned the country to “come together to get Brexit done”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded it a “once-in-a-generation chance to transform” the nation.
2017 result: Marsha de Cordova, Labour
Kim Caddy, Conservative, 21,622
Lois Davis, Green, 1,529
Marsha de Cordova, Labour, 27,290
Mark Gitsham, Liberal Democrats, 9,150
Jake Thomas, The Brexit Party, 386
To secure a majority and form a government, a party needs to win more than half the seats in the House of Commons – 326. The party that comes second sits on the Commons’ opposition benches, with its leader named ‘leader of the opposition’.
In 2017 the result was a hung parliament, where no single party commands a majority in Parliament. In this situation, several parties can join forces to become a ‘coalition government’, as in 2010 with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, or a single party can form a minority government.
You can read the Evening Standard’s list of candidates standing in every London constituency for the 2019 election here.
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