Voting and elections

General elections

In a general election, you can vote for one Member of Parliament (MP) to represent your area – or constituency – in the House of Commons. Voters in all 650 constituencies in the UK vote on the same day.

Under the fixed-term parliament act UK Parliamentary General elections are held every five years. However, as the snap election in 2017 showed (the one before that only being in 2015) there is still the possibility that elections can be more often if enough MPs agree.

The candidate with the most votes in each constituency becomes the MP for that area. This voting system is called 'first past the post'. Usually, the political party with the most MPs then forms the government, although two or more parties with a combined majority of MPs may form a coalition government.

There are two parliamentary constituencies in Islington

  • Islington North – Jeremy Corbyn is the MP
  • Islington South & Finsbury – Emily Thornberry is the MP

2017 general election results

Islington North

Winning candidate 

Candidate   Party Votes  Majority 
 CORBYN Jeremy Bernard
 Labour Party
 40086 72.8   33215

Other candidates

 Candidate Party   Votes
ANGUS Keith
Liberal Democrats
 4946 8.9 
CAMERON-BLACKIE Susanne
Independent
 41  0.07
CLARK James Tovey
Conservatives
 6871  12.4
FOSTER Michael Adam
   208  0.38
FRASER Keith Graham
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
 413  0.75
KNAPP Knigel
The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
 106  0.19
MARTIN Bill
The Socialist Party (GB)
 21  0.03
MENDOZA Andres
Communist League
 7  0.01
RUSSELL Caroline
Green Party
 2229  4.05

  • Electorate: 74831
  • Rejected: 122
  • Turnout: 73.6%

Islington South and Finsbury 

Winning candidate

Candidate   Party Votes  Majority 
THORNBERRY Emily
 Labour Party
 30188  62.6  20263


Other candidates

 Candidate Party  Votes 
CHARALAMBOUS Jason Theo George
Conservatives
 9925  20.6
DESMIER Alain Cyril Matthew
Liberal Democrats
 5809  12.05
HAMDACHE Benali
Green Party
 1198  2.48
MUSWELL Pete
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
 929  1.93

  • Electorate: 69536
  • Rejected: 147
  • Turnout: 69.3%



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