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Snap General Election 2017

A snap General Election is set to take place on June 8 2017.

Nominations closed: Thursday May 11.

Polling Day: Thursday June 8 – polling from 0700 to 2200.

Declarations: From about 2300.

This advisory details our coverage of General Election nominations and results.

There will be a total of 650 constituency results – all on the traditional first-past-the-post system.

There are no boundary changes. The 2017 poll is being fought on the same boundaries that applied at the 2015 and 2010 general elections.


The nominations are sent in collated lists in a format enabling customers to set up dummy results pages.

We will transmit an initial run on Friday May 12, the day after they are due to be published by councils. Revised runs will follow as necessary and will continue up until polling day.

There is a total of 22 pages with a maximum of 30 constituencies on each page.

Pages are numbered and catchlined topic ELECTION with keyword Nominations. They are category-coded XDA for data format and XTA for the text (TTY) version.

Users of XML format messages for digital products should see “XML format” under “Message specifications” on this website.

Candidates are given in the following party order where standing: Conservative; Labour; Liberal Democrat; Scottish National Party or Plaid Cymru; Green; and Ukip; followed by minor party and other candidates in alphabetical order of party description.

Their details include sitting Member indicators: * for the same seat and + where they previously sat in another constituency, titles – except for Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms – followed by first name, surname and party abbreviation.

Each constituency’s details include its serial number – 1 to 650.

The data for each seat includes historical results for the 2015 General Election.

Electorate figures will not available in time for our first nominations transmission but will be provided in a re-run as soon as they are.

Example of nominations in data format and TTY (with electorate figure):

{00}3} }ABERDEEN NORTH} }} }65,714} }} }} }} }} }} }
{03}} }+} }Lady} }Jennifer} }West} }C} }} }} }} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Fred} }Macduff} }Lab} }} }} }} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Bernard} }Troop} }LD} }} }} }} }} }
{03}} }} }} }James} }Burns} }SNP} }} }} }} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Tom} }Jones} }Ind} }} }} }} }} }
{06}G} }May} }2010} }Lab} }8,361} }22.18} }37,701} }58.17
{07}*} }Doran} }Lab} }16,746} }44.42
{07}} }Strathdee} }SNP} }8,385} }22.24
{07}} }Chapman} }LD} }7,001} }18.57
{07}} }Whyte} }C} }4,666} }12.38
{07}} }Jones} }BNP} }635} }1.869
{07}} }Robertson} }SSP} }268} }0.71
+Lady Jennifer West (C)
Fred Macdonald (Lab)
Bernard Troop (LD)
James Burns (SNP)
Tom Jones (Ind)
Electorate 65,714
2010: Lab maj 8,361 (22.18%) – Turnout 37,701 (58.17%)
Doran (Lab) 16,746 (44.42%); Strathdee (SNP) 8,385 (22.24%); Chapman (LD) 7,001 (18.57%); Whyte (C) 4,666 (12.38%); Jones (BNP) 635 (1.68%); Robertson (SSP) 268 (0.71%)

PARTY ABBREVIATIONS: The list of party abbreviations will be sent catchlined ELECTION Abbreviations and category coded XTH, around the same time as nominations. It will be re-run as needed up until polling day.

The full list of parties and abbreviations can also be found on this website on the nominations page

It includes cases of independents listed with their names in the party description in order to differentiate them from another independent candidate or independent candidates standing in the same constituency

STATISTICS: We will generate statistics including:

  • Number of candidates by party, compared with the previous election
  • Number of women candidates by party, compared with the previous election.

These are in plain text (TTY) format, category code XTH, and will be re-run as needed.

WEDNESDAY June 7 (the day before polling day): We will re-run the nominations at 1500, as well as the party abbreviations.


DECLARATIONS, THURSDAY and FRIDAY June 8-9: The first results are expected at about 2300 with most declarations due overnight. The peak is expected between 0300 and 0600 on Friday.

Rushes will be sent for all results, slugged POLL Result, followed by the constituency serial number, as soon as possible when they are declared. They will be category coded XTJ. Example: POLL Result 33.

In most cases the rush will say that a party has held a constituency or gained from another party, but in the case of well-known personalities – particularly ministers – it will include their names. For example: "Prime Minister Theresa May holds Maidenhead – Conservative hold".

Individual results will follow as quickly as possible, slugged POLL Result followed by the serial number. They will be category coded XDB for data format and XTB for TTY.

Users of XML format messages for digital products should see XML format under Message specifications on this website.

The results will give details of party hold or gain from another party, followed by candidates in votes order, giving their votes, percentage share, percentage share change since the 2010 election, plus majority, percentage majority, swing from the 2010 election, turnout, percentage turnout and turnout percentage change since 2010.

The swing will be between the winning party and the losing party where constituencies change hands and between first and second candidates where there is no change.

Example of a result in data format and text form:

{00}3} }ABERDEEN NORTH} }} }65,714} }39,616} }60.29} }+4.54} }} }} }
{02}Lab} }hold} }} }9,944} }25.10} }1.46} }Lab} }SNP
{03}*} }} }} }Fred} }Macduff} }Lab} }18,012} }45.47} }+3.00} }} }
{03}} }} }} }James} }Burns} }SNP} }8,068} }20.37} }-1.93} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Bernard} }Troop} }LD} }6,820} }17.22} }-6.70} }} }
{03}} }+} }Lady} }Jennifer} }West} }C} }5,641} }14.24} }+4.81} }} }
{03}} }} }} }Tom} }Jones} }Ind} }1,075} }2.71} }} }} }
{06}G} }May} }2010} }Lab} }8,361} }22.18} }37,701} }58.17
{07}*} }Doran} }Lab} }16,746} }44.42
{07}} }Strathdee} }SNP} }8,385} }22.24
{07}} }Chapman} }LD} }7,001} }18.57
{07}} }Whyte} }C} }4,666} }12.38
{07}} }Jones} }BNP} }635} }1.869
{07}} }Robertson} }SSP} }268} }0.71
Lab hold
Fred Macduff (Lab) 18,012 (45.47%, +1.05%)
James Burns (SNP) 8,068 (20.37%, -1.87%)
Bernard Troop (LD) 6,820 (17.22%, -1.35%)
+Lady Jennifer West (C) 5,641 (14.24%, +1.86%)
Tom Jones (Ind) 1,075 (2.71%)
Lab maj 9,944 (25.10%)
1.46% swing SNP to Lab
Electorate 65,714; Turnout 39,616 (60.29%, +4.54%)
2010: Lab maj 8,361 (22.18%) – Turnout 37,701 (58.17%)
Doran (Lab) 16,746 (44.42%); Strathdee (SNP) 8,385 (22.24%); Chapman (LD) 7,001 (18.57%); Whyte (C) 4,666 (12.38%); Jones (BNP) 635 (1.68%); Robertson (SSP) 268 (0.71%)

Where we obtain information about an official recount, which could mean the result is likely to be close and that the declaration will be delayed, a rush will be sent as POLL Recount followed by the constituency number. The category code will be XTJ.

Example text: Recount at Vale of Clwyd

Runs of collated results will take place at about 0430, 0630 and 0930 on Friday and later when all results are in. They will be catchlined POLL Collated and category-coded XDC for data format and XTC for TTY.

In addition, runs of collated results by region (12 UK regions) will also take place at those times and later when all results are in. They will be catchlined POLL Collated [region], e.g. POLL Collated South East, POLL Collated Scotland. They are also category-coded XDC for data format and XTC for TTY.

Collated pages will run to a maximum of 22 and carry up to 30 results each.

For results in XML format, see the guidance under the Message Specifications tab


Immediately after the first result we will start sending state of parties statistics, including numbers of seats and votes won so far for parties, gains and losses, vote share and percentage change compared with the 2015 election. These will be catchlined POLL Parties.

The State of the Parties statistic is only generated after each result early on and towards the end. Trying to generate it after each result when results are flowing at high volumes could cause delays and see statistics running out of sequence. The SoP frequency is set in advance to go from after each result from the beginning to after every five results as volumes increase, then 10, then 20 – before falling back as volumes decrease, to 10, then 5 and then again after each result through to the end.

Initially the statistics will list major parties and those who have won seats with minor ones totalled under “Other”. When the final results are in, they will then be sent showing details for all parties.

All statistics are in plain text (TTY) format, category coded XTH. The state of the parties statistic is also available in XML for digital products.

Example of a state of parties statistic on the wire:

After 150 results out of 650 in the Test General Election the state of parties is:

Party           Total  Gains  Losses     Total    Share  Change  Forecast
                seats                    votes      %       %
Lab               77     41     36    2,584,589   38.28   +7.63     317
C                 63     33     35    2,173,576   32.20   -2.76     268
LD                 6      6     10    1,039,144   15.39   -8.65      38
UKIP                                    300,848    4.46   +1.35
Green              1      1             225,821    3.34   +2.49       1
SNP                1      1      1       65,761    0.97   -0.31       5
PC                 1      1              55,006    0.81   +0.33       4
DUP                1      1              39,369    0.58   +0.41       9
UUP                                      14,263    0.21        
SF                                        3,071    0.05   -0.14       4
SDLP                             2        2,111    0.03   -0.48       1
Alliance                                  2,075    0.03   -0.05       1
WP                                        1,631    0.02   +0.02
Others                                  243,823    3.61               2

Total                                 6,751,088     No overall majority

Votes cast for the Speaker at Buckingham are included in the
Conservative total

Note that candidates standing with the party description “Labour Co-op” are counted with Labour in the statistics.

Speaker John Bercow, standing for re-election as The Speaker at Buckingham, is counted among the Conservatives as he was elected as a Conservative prior to becoming Speaker.

The Forecast column and figures will not be displayed in early runs of this statistic until sufficient results have been gathered to give a meaningful forecast.

Additional statistics will be provided in the same wire format. These will include:

  • Turnout so far (valid votes cast) – sent frequently.
  • Average swing so far – sent frequently.
  • Seats gained by parties – sent as needed.
  • Regional state of the parties (12 UK regions) – sent with collated regional results so far at 0430, 0630, 0930 and at end (NB these are new timings).
  • Full state of the parties (showing all parties) – sent at end.
  • Lost deposits – one or two as needed; and at end.
  • Elected MPs (list) – at end.
  • Elected women MPs (list) – at end.
  • New MPs (list) – at end.

Elections live coverage

All narrative copy, claims/pointers (giving indications in key seats in advance of declarations), reaction and analysis, will run using HHH – the usual editorial code.


We will be sending test results ahead of the election. The candidate names and the voting figures will be generated at random by computer. Please see separate advisory for the provisional test programme.

You MUST check before election day that any test material has been cleared from your systems.


Speak to Elections Editor Roger Smith on 020 7963 7992 or email via the Contact us page. During nominations or election events, phone the Elections Desk on 020 7963 7992, Newsdesk on 020 7963 7146 or Customer Services on 01430 455337.

Customers, especially digital-only customers who do not see PA wire advisories, may wish to follow @pressassocpolls on twitter for technical and operational updates from the Elections Desk.

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