The Constitution Unit


Organising a Snap Election: At the centre, on the ground, and in Parliament 

20 November 2017

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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. In this seminar we discusses the preparations necessary for a snap 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