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.
Dagenham & Rainham results:
2017 result: Jon Cruddas, Labour
Tom Bewick, Brexit Party, 2,887
Jon Cruddas, Labour, 19,468
Ron Emin, Independent, 212
Sam Fisk, Liberal Democrat, 1,182
Terry London, Independent, 209
Azzees Minott, Green, 602
Damian White, Conservative, 19,175
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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