UK Parliament Dissolved Ahead of June 8th General Election

All MP's ceased being so at Midnight on the 3rd May ahead of the General Election on 8th June. © NoN All MP's ceased being so at Midnight on the 3rd May ahead of the General Election on 8th June.

The British Parliament has been officially dissolved ahead of the snap general election being held on June 8th.

In what is normal procedure in the British political system, at midnight last night, the sitting parliament was officially dissolved, with only appointed cabinet ministers and ministers of state temporarily retaining their posts until election day in order to keep the country running.

All other members of parliament ceased to be so and are now effectively unemployed until they are either returned to parliament by their constituency members, or are voted out of office.

The British political system has some quirks to it, whilst there is no parliament now sitting to pass laws or debate government actions, the government is still in power. Theresa May remains as Prime Minister, even though she ceased to be an MP, albeit temporarily, last night.

Similarly, her cabinet all remain in their posts until after the election results are announced, with ministers continuing about the business of government.

A little known fact is that a cabinet minister in the British government does not have to be a Member of Parliament, although almost always they are, cabinet members, or indeed ministers, can be from the House of Lords or indeed, any civilian that the Prime Minister recommends for a post to Her Majesty, the Queen.