Election Glossary

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By-election

By-elections are held to fill vacancies which arise before the end of the legislative term.

By-elections in the UK Parliament 

By-elections take place in the UK Parliament when a single seat becomes vacant between general elections.

The vacancy may arise as a result of the death or resignation of an MP. 

See also: Staff Council, Majority Vote, Legislative Term

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