General elections

General elections (also known as UK Parliamentary elections) usually take place every 5 years.

To vote in a general election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (polling day)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

There are 3 parliamentary constituencies in this area. You vote once for a candidate in your constituency and the candidate with the most votes becomes your MP. Each constituency has one MP. View your MP.

You can read more about general elections from The Electoral Commission.

Previous results

View the results and notices of previous general elections.