Poll: should the UK have another general election?

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‚ÄčIs it right that Theresa May can become the UK prime minister without a general election?

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14th July 2016 by Graham Martin 1 Comment

Should the UK have another general election?

Poll results (total votes: 119)

Should the UK have another general election?

The UK has a new prime minister, in case you hadn’t noticed.

As the fall-out from the Brexit vote continues, Theresa May took over from David Cameron on Wednesday.

Did you vote for her? Of course you didn’t – no-one did. Not even the 330 MPs in her own party voted her in as she walked into the position unopposed.

Is this fair? Is it right that someone can hold a position of extreme importance like this without seeking a popular mandate?

Some have argued that her mandate comes from the Tory majority secured in last year’s general election. Others have pointed to precedence – the Blair-Brown succession, for example.

But others are questioning whether this is a deeply undemocratic move.

That’s why we’re asking: should the UK have another general election?

Vote now – and join in the discussion by leaving a comment.

20th July 2016 by Joe Ray

The UK does not have a presidential system. We vote for constituency MP's and the party with the largest number of MP's forms the government and appoints their leader as Prime Minister. This sometimes means that a prime minister steps down mid-parliament and is replaced by a new one without a general election. Winston Churchill, John Major, Gordon Brown and James Callaghan became prime minister in this manner. I expect we'll have an election post-Brexit in 2019 or 2020.