General election

Published: 31 May 2024

The Prime Minister has just announced that the next general election will take place on Thursday, 4 July 2024. 

A general election is an opportunity for people in every part of the UK to choose their MP, who will represent the local area (constituency) in the House of Commons for up to five years. Redbridge is made up of four constituencies: Ilford North, Ilford South, Leyton and Wanstead, and Chingford and Woodford Green.

People who have not yet registered to vote or are unsure if they are eligible have until Tuesday, 18 June, to apply or Wednesday, 19 June, if you want to vote by post.

Anyone who wants to apply for a proxy vote – in other words, for someone to vote on your behalf – will have until Wednesday, 26 June, to apply.

For the first time in a General Election, voters in England, Scotland, and Wales must show a photo ID when voting in person.

Find out more about accepted forms of Photo ID.

Anyone who doesn't have an accepted form of ID will have to apply for a free 'Voter Authority Certificate'. To do this, you will need to apply online