Earlier today Prime Minister Gordon Brown anounced that the General Election will be held on May 6th 2010. The anouncement was made 20 minutes after Brown met with the Queen so as to dissolve Parliament. This will be Brown’s first General Election as leader of the Labour party and this election could end Labour’s 13 year rule of the UK.
All three major parties will be campaigning hard in the run up to the election. At present the Conservatives have only a very small lead over Labour. The Guardian indicates the Tory lead has dropped to just four points, with the Conservatives on 37%, Labour on 33% and the Lib Dems on 21%. However a YouGov poll in the Sun and another by Opinium for the Daily Express suggest the Tories have opened up a 10% lead – the margin David Cameron is likely to need in order to win an outright majority on 6 May. The Sun has the Tories on 41%, Labour on 31% and the Lib Dems on 18%. The Express reports a 39/29/17 split.
Voting in this election will be very close meaning that every vote will count. To be eligible to vote in the election you must be over 17 and registered to vote. See here for more details on how to register.