When are the next UK general elections and could they be brought forward?

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson is under significant pressure to step down. (Image: Andrew Parsons/No10 Downing Street)

Elections are the cornerstone of democracy – they give us the right to choose our governments.

After Prime Minister Boris Johnson narrowly faced a no-confidence vote among his own MPs last night, so you may be wondering how the next general election will play out.

While the Conservative Party has decided to proceed with its leader for now, there are mixed feelings about whether Mr Johnson, who has been hurt by the Partygate scandal and is under fire over the cost of living crisis, will remain in office until the next election.

So when is the next time you can vote in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is the next UK general election?

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

The next general election in Great Britain will not take place until 2024. (Photo: Getty Images/Jeff J Mitchell)

According to the current status, the next general elections will take place in Great Britain Thursday, May 2, 2024.

This is the case when Prime Minister Boris Johnson serves a full term – five years – under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act.

Nearly 150 Conservative MPs voted to resign the prime minister on Monday night amid poor poll numbers and the possibility of a resignation lose two by-elections in the coming weeks.

If Mr Johnson were to step down ahead of the scheduled election, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and current Secretary of State Liz Truss are among the contenders rumored to be favored by Conservative members to fill the role.

Could there be a general election before 2024?

While the next election is scheduled for May 2024, plans could change.

We saw this in 2017 when then Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call snap elections to legitimize her position – which ultimately backfired.

Ballots are counted

Boris Johnson could face defeat at the ballot box in 2024. (Image: PA)

The 2019 election was also called early, but was far more successful.

Given last night’s difficult no-confidence result, Boris Johnson could be ousted before the next election. In theory, surviving the no-confidence vote means he’s safe for 12 months, but there are reports of this Rebel MPs may attempt to hold a second vote after the June 23 by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton.

In this scenario, the Conservative Party would be thrown into a leadership contest and a new leader – also Prime Minister – elected. In this case, the new prime minister could well call early elections.

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Another possible, albeit unlikely, scenario is that Boris Johnson could call snap elections to confront critics.

But with the dreadful recent polls and the cost of living crisis hitting voters hard, it’s unlikely to work in the prime minister’s favour.

Asked about the possibility of a snap election yesterday after his no-confidence vote, Mr Johnson said he was “not interested”.

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