The Constitution Unit


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

20 November 2017, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Oganising a snap election

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Council Room, School of Public Policy, UCL, 29 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

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 George Cooper (London Borough of Haringey) will talk about rapidly organising the election.


Claire Bassett, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission
George Cooper, Head of Electoral Services, Haringey
Simon James, Head of the Cabinet Office Elections Division
Paul Evans, Clerk of Committees in the House of Commons
Chair: Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit

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