With the UK heading back to the polls on December 12, we have taken a look at what has happened in recent votes in Wycombe.

There are four parliamentary constituencies which are in or cross over into Wycombe: Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Buckingham and Wycombe. Between them, they elected three Conservative MPs, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, in the last general election, held in June 2017.

The Conservatives took the largest share of the vote – 43.3 per cent in total, ahead of Labour with 22.6 per cent and the Speaker with 15.5 per cent.

This contrasted with the picture in the European Parliament elections this May, the most recent occasion on which the country went to the polls, when the Brexit Party took 31.3 per cent of the vote in Wycombe's local authority area, the largest share.

The Lib Dems finished second, with 26.6 per cent, and the Greens third with 13.2 per cent.

The South East – the EU constituency in which Wycombe lies – returned four Brexit Party MEPs, three Liberal Democrats, one Labour, one Green and one Conservative to Brussels in May.

Turnout was, however, much lower in those elections – while 69.8 per cent of the electorate came out to vote across the four constituencies in 2017, just 40.0 per cent did in the local authority for the European Parliament elections this year.

Both those turnouts, however, were beaten by that for the referendum on the topic which will dominate December’s general election: Brexit.

Many commentators think that a decision between leaving and remaining in the European Union will form the basis for many voters’ choices in polling booths this year, rather than traditional party lines.

The major parties have each made significantly different pledges for the UK's departure.

While the Conservatives have said they will push through a departure on the terms of the deal Prime Minister Boris Johnson has negotiated, the Labour Party has said it will agree a closer alignment with the EU and hold a second referendum on its deal against the option to remain.

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to immediately revoke Article 50, keeping the UK in the EU, while the Brexit Party will pursue a "no-deal" departure.

The Brexit referendum in 2016 brought more voters to the polls across the UK than any referendum or general election in 24 years. In Wycombe, 75.7 per cent of the electorate voted, with a small majority in favour of remaining in the EU, with 52.0 per cent of the vote.