Britain goes out to vote

UK parliamentary elections take place today, in the shadow of recent terror attacks. Will Conservative party lose its absolute majority?

Shlomo Piotrokovsky,


Citizens of the UK will vote today in British parliamentary elections, thus establishing the country’s ruling party and next prime minister.

The elections come as a series of terror attacks have hit large British cities in recent weeks.

The two recent major attacks were those in Manchester, which took place two and a half weeks ago at a concert hall and claimed the lives of 22, and at the London Bridge on Saturday night, when 7 were murdered.

Another event that will have a significant impact on the elections is the referendum which took place close to a year ago and indicated the people’s desire to leave the European Union, the process that has come to be known as “Brexit.”

The elections were called by incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May, who apparently had been confident in her victory in light of polls at the time.

However, polls taken in recent weeks suggest that May’s Conservative party may lose the absolute majority that it held until now in the British parliament - striking a blow to May’s status.

Elections in Britain take place according to a district majority method, whereby each district receives one MP. The candidate receiving the most votes in his or her district goes on to represent the district in parliament. The method makes it relatively easy for the larger parties to obtain an absolute majority in parliament.

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