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Wednesday 26th November 2014
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What is a hung parliament?

Question

What exactly is a hung parliament? What does it mean?
Greg, Whitford

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Sarah, Holborn
Qualification: Presiding officer in the election
Answer: In the next election, there will be 650 seats up for grabs. Half of that is 325. If someone has 326 seats, they has an overall majority. A hung parliament occurs when no party reaches that magic number. That means parliament is hung and that’s the point at which the top two parties woo the third-placed party to try to create a coalition that is an overall majority – or at least an alliance to get bills passed. Without an alliance, passing any bills would be impossible.