Monday 19 March 2018

Here are the answers to all the questions you've been Googling as the election results come in

Who’s going to win?

By Catherine Wyatt

Since an exit poll at 10pm projected a hung parliament, Britons have been using Google to answer their pressing election questions.

Here the Press Association answers some of the popular questions asked during election night so far, according to Google Trends.

Who has won the election?


Counting is still under way, so it is impossible to say just yet. But it looks like no side will win an outright majority – in other words, accumulated enough MPs to form a government by themselves.

It is a tight race but the exit poll projected that the Conservatives would have the most seats.

If this scenario materialises the Conservatives would not have “won” the election – and could find other parties able to keep them out of Downing Street by forming a coalition government.

How many constituencies are there in the UK?

There are 650 constituencies in the UK, each of which is represented by an MP.

What is a minority government?


A minority government is when a party in the House of Commons seeks to rule despite having fewer MPs than the sum of all the other parties put together.

This could happen if the Conservatives fail to win more than half the seats in the Commons (326 or more) and do not form a coalition with other parties to make up the difference.

What time will the votes be counted?

Most seats will be counted by early Friday morning, but the last will be finished by around midday.

Who is Nick Clegg?


Nick Clegg is a former Liberal Democrat leader who has lost his Sheffield Hallam seat to Labour.

He was deputy prime minister under the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition of 2010-15, led by David Cameron.

He is passionately pro-Remain, and was a member of the European Parliament before becoming an MP in 2005.

What constituency am I in?


Voters can find out their constituency by using the Parliament website’s free Constituency Finder tool.

How did my constituency vote?

A number of media organisations, including the BBC, have put together maps where residents can find the exact vote share for their constituency.

How many constituencies are there in Northern Ireland?

There are 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland.

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