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The United Kingdom general election of 2020 was held on Thursday, 7 May 2020 to elect the 57th Parliament of the United Kingdom. Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies elected one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons, the dominant house of Parliament. It was the first general election at the end of a fixed term Parliament. Local elections took place in most of England on the same day.

Following moderate members of the Labour Party breaking away to form a splinter group, the Progressive Party in 2016 and Conservative Theresa May's popularity, this lead to a decisive Conservative victory. The Conservatives gained an additional 36 seats, solidifying a stronger majority than previously. Labour remained the dominant of the Labour split mostly due to many voters loyalty to the original party whilst the Progressive Party mostly held onto a substantial amount of its defector MPs but made moderate gains in Scotland. The Scottish National Party lost momentum in Scotland since the previous election however only suffered a net loss of 17 seats, with the Progressives mostly eating away their support in the region, but the Conservatives also made a significant impact. The Liberal Democrats suffered an even greater defeat than the previous election, attributed to its centrist support base instead preferring to vote for the Progressives, feeling that they were a safer bet. The UK Independence Party which came third in terms of the popular vote in the previous election dissolved by 2017 with most of its members pledging support to Leadsom's Conservatives. The Green Party although still active, had its membership greatly depleted following the Progressives breaking away from Labour, allowing Labour to fully embrace the left and attracting many former Green voters.

In Wales the Conservatives became the largest party, followed by the Progressives with Plaid Cymru and Labour tied with five seats each. Northen Ireland saw a rise in right-wing parties, with the DUP continuing to make gains. Scotland held its second Independence Referendum but voted to remain in the UK.

Election Results

Party Leader Seats Change
Conservative Party Theresa May 367 Increase36
Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn 124 Decrease98
Progressive Party Angela Eagle 93 New
Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon 39 Decrease17
Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood 5 Increase2
Liberal Democrats Tim Farron 4 Decrease4
Northen Irish Parties TBD 18 N/A
367 124 93 39 27
Conservative Party Labour Party Progressive SNP Oth

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