Here are 5 general election maths questions to give your children a taste of the big event – and a little maths practice.
There are 650 MPs in the House of Commons. How many MPs does one party need to win the election?
Hint – to win the election you need to have more MPs than all the other parties put together. This is called a “having a majority”.
Let’s say the Conservative party and Labour party have 273 MPs each. How many MPs are they short of winning?
Hint – you’ll need to use the answer to question 1 to find this – see the answers below if you’re stuck
Here’s an estimate for the election - it’s very roughly what the newspapers say is going to happen
Liberal Democrats 28
Scottish Nationalists 52
Plaid Cymru 4
Sinn Fein 5
Who could the Conservative party join with to win the election?
Hint – of course it’s not as simple as this some parties don’t like each other and won’t ever club together.
Who could the Labour party join with to win the election?
Out of the 650 MPs 150 are women. What fraction are women?
And the Answers . . .
There are 650 MPs
The winning party needs half of them and an extra one. That’s 325 + 1 = 326
If the Conservatives (or Labour ) have 273 they will need a further 326 – 273 MPs.
They will need 53 more MPs
If the Conservatives have 273 votes they will need to join with other parties to get the 53 MPs they need to win and form a Government
This could be:
Conservatives ( 273 ) + Scottish Nationalists ( 52) + Lib dems ( 28) = 353 MPs
Who could the Labour party join with in order to win a majority ?
If Labour have 273 MPs they will need to join with other MPs to get the 53 MPs they need to win and form a Government.
This could be:
Labour (273) + Scottish Nationalists (52) + SDLP (3) = 328 MPs
150 MP’s are Women.
As a fraction this is:
Which is not enough !
Our figures are very rough guesses and will certainly be wrong when the votes are counted, but it looks like this year’s election is going to involve a bit of maths to work out a winner.
I’ll update these numbers with the real numbers when we know more.
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