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13:00 - 14:30 20 November 2017

Organising a snap election: at the centre, on the ground, and in Parliament


Council Room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Claire Bassett, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission
Frances Biggs, Deputy Returning Officer, Southwark
Simon James, Head of the Cabinet Office Elections Division
Paul Evans, Clerk of Committees in the House of Commons

In April the Prime Minister announced a snap general election to be held on 8 June. This created a six month hiatus in Parliament, with legislation rushed through before the election, and then a long delay before Parliament was fully up and running again. Meanwhile election officials had just seven weeks to prepare for polling day. At this seminar Paul Evans from the House of Commons will talk about the impact of a snap election on Parliament, and Claire Bassett (Electoral Commission), Simon James (Cabinet Office) and Frances Biggs (London Borough of Southwark) will talk about rapidly organising the election.

Chair: Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit


Rachel Cronkshaw
+44 (0)20 7679 4977 | constitution@ucl.ac.uk