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What is a seat?

Seats usually refer to MPs. When an MP is elected he or she is said to have won a seat in the House of Commons.

If a political party wins more than half the seats in the House of Commons it forms a government.

If a party traditionally wins elections in a particular constituency by a big majority then it will often be referred to as a ‘safe seat’ for that party. Or if a party doesn’t have an MP elected in a certain constituency but it thinks there is a good chance that it will win that seat in the next election, it might call it a ‘winnable seat’.

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