People across Britain will be heading to a polling station on Thursday June 8 to elect their constituency's MP and subsequently the next government , who will be faced with the task of negotiating Brexit.

In London there are 73 parliamentary seats up for grabs .

At the last general election, in 2015, Labour won the most seats in London, totaling 45, while the conservatives obtained 26 and the Liberal Democrats walked away with two.

Polling stations are dotted about west London and are open from 7am to 10pm.

Pen or pencil

After you have registered at the polling station you will be handed a ballot paper and asked to put a X in the box of you preferred candidate.

In the booth will be a pencil, normally attached to the structure with a piece of string.

But why pencils and not pen? Some worry that pencils could be rubbed out and encourage fraud.

One voter, in the County Council elections earlier this year (2017), put in a freedom of information request asking why pens have not replaced pencils at polling stations.

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Jordan Lawrence, representing the Electoral Commission, said in response: "The use of a pen or pencil when completing the ballot paper is not specified in legislation.

"In the UK, pencils are traditionally used for the purposes of marking ballot papers and are made available inside polling stations for voters to use.

"Pencils have been used partly for historical and partly for practical reasons."

Mr Lawrence added: "Having said this, there is nothing to stop a voter from using a pen to mark their vote – there is no legal requirement for ballot papers to be marked with a pencil."

So there you go - take a pen to the polling station if you wish.

Polling stations in West London.

To find your closest polling station in Brent, Brent North and Hampstead and Kilburn click here .

To find your closest polling station in Brentford and Isleworth and Feltham and Heston click here .

To find your closest polling station in Cities of London and Westminster and Westminster North click here .

To find your closest polling station in Chiswick click here.

To find your closest polling station in Ealing North, Ealing Central and Acton and Ealing, Southall click here .

To find your closest polling station in Hammersmith click here .

To find your closest polling station in Harrow East click here .

To find your closest polling station in Harrow West click here .

To find your closest polling station in Hayes and Harlington click here .

To find your closet polling station in Hounslow click here.

To find your closest polling station in Kensington and Chelsea and Fulham click here .

To find your closest polling station in Hammersmith click here .

To find your closest polling station in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner click here .

To find your closest polling station in Uxbridge and South Ruislip click here .

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