Guide

Elections and referendums

Last updated: 29 September 2017

UK and European Parliament elections

General elections

When you vote in a general election, you are voting for a Member of Parliament (MP). There are 650 MPs across the UK - Scotland has 59 MPs. Each area, called a 'constituency', is represented by an MP.

MPs consider and propose news laws on issues controlled by the UK Parliament. These are known as 'reserved matters'.

You must be aged 18 or over to vote in the UK Parliament elections.

You can find your local MP on the Parliament website.

European elections

When you vote in a European Parliament election, you are voting for a Member of the European Parliament (MEPs). There are 751 MEPs across the European Union (EU) - Scotland has 6 MEPs.

MEPs represents people living in the 28 countries of the European Union (EU). They can approve, change or reject new European laws.

You must be aged 18 or over to vote in the European Parliament elections.

Elections and referendums
UK and European Parliament elections