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General Election 2017 timetable

On 18 April 2017 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that a General Election would be held on 8 June 2017.


General Election 2017 timetable

Please be aware that the timetable may change in the event of days being appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

Before the 2017 General Election

Thursday 27 April 2017 - Prorogation

The formal end of the parliamentary session is marked by what is known as 'prorogation'. The House of Commons prorogued on 27 April 2017 ahead of dissolution.

Wednesday 3 May 2017 - Dissolution of Parliament

A proclamation was made announcing when Parliament will meet after the general election and setting the date of the Queen's Speech at State Opening.

Writs were issued for elections in the UK's 650 constituencies.

Thursday 11 May 2017 - Deadline for the delivery of nomination papers

Deadline for candidates to deliver nomination papers to Returning Officer (4pm) and deadline for candidates to withdraw (4pm).

Monday 22 May 2017 - Voter registration deadline 

The cut-off date for UK citizens aged 18 or over to register to vote in the general election.

Tuesday 23 May 2017 - Deadline for postal vote applications

5pm on this day marks the deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes.

Wednesday 31 May 2017 - Deadline for proxy vote applications

Deadline for applying for a proxy vote (except for emergency proxies) at 5pm.

Election day and results

Thursday 8 June 2017 - Polling day

Polling booths were open between 7am and 10pm. Counting of votes began when the polls closed.

The Return of Parliament

Tuesday 13 June 2017 - Parliament is expected to return for the election of the Speaker

Election of the Speaker of the House of Commons 

The Speaker is elected on the first day that the House meets after the General Election.

Swearing in of MPs will take place on subsequent days

When Parliament returns, MPs start swearing the Oath of Allegiance or making an Affirmation in the Commons.

Members of the House of Lords start swearing the Oath of Allegiance or making an Affirmation in the Lords.

State Opening of Parliament

Wednesday 21 June 2017 - The Queen's Speech 2017

The Queen's Speech is delivered at the State Opening of the new Parliament.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

Triggering an election other than at five year intervals

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 provides for general elections to be held on the first Thursday in May every five years. There are two provisions that trigger an election other than at five year intervals.

  • A motion of no confidence is passed in Her Majesty's Government by a simple majority and 14 days elapses without the House passing a confidence motion in any new Government formed
  • A motion for a general election is agreed by two thirds of the total number of seats in the Commons including vacant seats (currently 434 out of 650)

On Wednesday 19 April 2017, MPs voted by 522 to 13 to allow an early general election. The election took place on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Image: PA / Lynne Cameron