Could you govern the UK?

Build Your Own British Government

British voters go to the polls May 7, but it doesn't look like any party will get a majority, so the men who want to be prime minister will have to wheel and deal to get a coalition together.

Can you build a coalition government to run the country?


Your government

Projections as of April 30 by NatCen

Not all seats declared


Drag and drop at least 326 seats in here to form your coalition


Your coalition government consists of:

    Your government policies:

      • Labour

        Main center-left party

      • Plaid Cymru

        Welsh Nationalists

      • Conservatives

        Main center-right party

      • UK Independent Party

        Anti-European Union

      • Scottish National Party

        Scottish Nationalists

      • Democratic Unionist Party

        Northern Ireland unionist

      • Liberal Democrats


      • Respect


      • Green Party


      • Sinn Fein

        Irish nationalists

      • Social Democratic and Labour Party

        Northern Ireland center-left

      • Independent candidate

        Sylvia Hermon (NI)

      Story highlights

      • Labour and the Conservatives look like they're fighting to a draw
      • Whoever comes top on May 7 will need to work with other parties to become prime minister
      • Think you can do it? Give it a try!

      London (CNN)Traditionally, the British liked their politics simple: There were two big parties, one or the other won most of the seats in the House of Commons at election time, and the party leader became prime minister.

      That's how it worked for Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
        It doesn't work like that any more.
        The center-right Conservatives and center-left Labour party are still much bigger than any other party, but in 2010 neither one got enough seats in the Commons to govern on its own, and David Cameron had to make a deal with the Liberal Democrats to get his Conservative party into power.
        It looks like election results are going to be even more fragmented in elections on May 7, with Labour and the Conservatives apparently heading toward a stalemate, Liberal Democrat support collapsing, and the Scottish National Party on the rise.
        Normally, the leader of the biggest party gets the first crack at building a coalition, but whether that's Cameron or Labour leader Ed Miliband, they will have their work cut out for them.
        Think you can do it? Give it a try yourself. If you succeed, we'll show you all the policies your coalition government is committed to -- whether they agree with each other or not.
        Good luck!