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    General Election Jargon Buster

    posted: 8th May 2017, 12:30pm
    tags: HUU

    So you’ve probably heard about the General Election. Voting will take place on Thursday 8th June and you have until Monday 22nd May to register to vote. The current government called a Snap Election, which is an election called earlier than what was expected. You may have heard of that term before but to be honest, there’s a lot of technical lingo flying around in politics. You might have heard “oh, that candidates a centralist”, “they’re from the shadow cabinet”, or “they’re going to swing the vote”, but what does all this mean? Well, we’ve put together a jargon busted to help shed some light.


    Jargon Busted




    Political door knocking, making phone calls, to work out who the general public are voting for.

    Exit Poll

    A poll used to track who voters have voted for to predict voting outcome. This relies on openness from voters.

    First Past The Post (FPTP)

    Where candidates who received the most votes in a region win that region’s seat in parliament.


    The collective decision-making body of the government.

    Shadow Cabinet

    A senior group of opposition spokespeople, form an alternative cabinet to that of the government. Typically within an opposition party.

    Leader of the Opposition

    Title typically held by the leader of the largest party not in government.

    Hung Parliament

    An election outcome in which no one party has enough seats for an overall majority.

    Overall Majority

    When a party wins enough seats without the support of another party.


    A government in which two or more political parties make up the cabinet.


    The set of policies and ideas each party promises to enact if elected.

    Marginal or “Battleground” Seat

    A place in the country where the voting looks close (generally within a ten percent margin).

    Popular Vote

    The party with the most votes. It is possible to win the most votes without winning the most seats, due to the arrangement of boundaries between constituencies.


    An indication of voters change between two political parties.

    Spoiled Ballots

    Voting slips which have been filled in incorrectly or deliberately defaced.

    Tactical Voting

    If you want to vote for one party who you feel cannot win, you might prefer to vote for another party who you feel can win.


    Hopefully this has helped, and don’t forget, you have until Monday 22nd May to register, so make sure you vote. Every voice counts.


    You can register to vote here.


    Struggling to decide who to vote for? The below links might help give you an idea of which party matches your values.


    Take Care,


    Student Officer Team.

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