The United Kingdom held a general election on May 7. Members of the public voted in local elections that determined which political party would lead the UK’s House of Commons. The House of Commons is part of Parliament, the lawmaking body of the UK. There are 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House of Commons. A party needs to win 326 seats to claim a majority, allowing that party to set the agenda. However, five major parties took part in the election. If no party won a majority, then parties would have to join together to create a majority. That is called a coalition. Many polls predicted that this would occur. Instead, the Conservative Party won 331 seats to claim the majority. The result also meant that current Prime Minister David Cameron will keep his position.
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