A return to stability would mean a transformational change to the way government works.
The prime minister can call the next general election any time between now and 17 December 2024.
Inside Briefing brings together three veterans of elections to look back on their experiences and discuss what might happen next.
Lord Mandelson, Lord Willetts, Kate McCann and Kelly Beaver joined us to discuss what change the country needs and wants.
Elections have to be held no more than five years apart, but the timing of elections can otherwise be determined by the prime minister.
Dissolution is the formal term for the end of a parliament. It occurs ahead of a general election for a new parliament.
What is happening to constituency boundaries, and why? How are they changing? How are MPs affected?
Alongside campaigning for office, political parties also undertake other preparation for what they will do if they win an election and get into power.
This explainer looks at what happens to ministers and their civil servants during an election period.
Access talks can be a vital part of preparation for government.
As the second largest party in the House of Commons, the Labour Party is the current official opposition.
During an election campaign, there are restrictions in place on what the government can do – both in initiating policy and in use of official resource