General Election 2015

General Election Results 2015- Conservative majority government in defiance of the opinion polls- The UK picture

Google Doodle for 2015 General Election

Google Doodle for 2015 General Election

Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron has accepted the Queen’s invitation to form a new government.

The Tories have won a working majority taking 331 seats, nearly one hundred more than Labour.

This dramatic General Election result has defied  all the trends of the polls during the General Election campaign.

David Cameron and his wife Samantha go to Buckingham Palace for audience with the Queen. Image: BBC Live TV News screengrab.

David Cameron and his wife Samantha go to Buckingham Palace for audience with the Queen. Image: BBC Live TV News screengrab.

Mr Cameron has seen off three opposition leaders: Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats- his deputy Prime Minister in previous coalition government, Labour Leader Ed Miliband, and UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

All three have resigned.

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have won a landslide in Scotland.

The Scottish Nationalists will have 56 MPs in the Westminster Parliament.

As we finish this blog Mr Cameron is now choosing his new cabinet.

This is the make up of the new House of Commons excluding Northern Ireland and Wales.

Share of seats between Conservative, Labour, UKIP, LibDem, SNP and Green Party.

Share of seats between Conservative, Labour, UKIP, LibDem, SNP and Green Party.

In contrast this is the share of all votes cast in the General Election between the same parties.

The proportions of votes distributed between the same political parties in chart form.

The proportions of votes distributed between the same political parties in chart form.




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Ed Miliband’s email/letter to Labour Party supporters:

This is not the email I wanted to be writing to you today. I am profoundly sorry for the defeat we suffered, and more grateful than I can express for the support that you have shown me, and our party, throughout this campaign.
I take full responsibility for the result of the election, and that’s why it’s absolutely right that I step down as Labour’s leader today.
It has been the utmost privilege to serve this party as your leader, and to spend the last four-and-a-half years fighting for the millions of British families who need and deserve the fairness, compassion and opportunity that only a Labour government can provide.
Yet while defeats are hard, we are a party that will never stop fighting for the working people of this country. Britain needs a strong Labour Party and it is the responsibility of each of us to continue the fight. The stakes are too high to wait for others to lead.
It isn’t simply leaders who achieve change, it is people that make change happen. I will never give up on that idea, I will never give up on our cause and I will never give up on our fight.
Thank you again for everything, and please, keep on fighting too. The course of progress and social justice is never simple or straightforward, and change happens because people like us don’t give up.
Yours,
Ed

Youngest MP Mhairi Black at 20 still a student

George Galloway defeated and reported to the police

David Cameron speaks at Downing Street

Ed Miliband resigns

Nick Clegg’s resignation

Nigel Farage resigns

The moment Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor is defeated

Ed Balls loses his seat

— londonmultimedianews (@LondonMMNews) May 8, 2015

Former Liberal Democrat Leader, Lord Paddy Ashdown said on the BBC Television Election programme that he would ‘eat his hat’ if the Exit poll prediction turns out to be accurate.

Lord Ashdown incredulous about Exit Poll predicting collapse of Liberal Democrat vote- leaving them with only 10 MPs. Image: BBC Election Special screen grab.

Lord Ashdown incredulous about Exit Poll predicting collapse of Liberal Democrat vote- leaving them with only 10 MPs. Image: BBC Election Special screen grab.

Sunderland West the next constituency to declare another Labour win in the North East. UKIP in second place as they continue to have impressive gains in the region. Sharon Hodgson elected with a majority of 13,157.

23:15

Labour hold in Sunderland Central with a majority of 11,179. Conservatives second, UKIP in third. Liberal Democrats receive 3% of the vote and lose their deposit and fall behind the Green Party on 4%.

22:50

First result declared in Houghton and Sunderland South as expected. They haven’t however been able to break the record of 42 minutes set in 2005. The seat has been declared 50 minutes after the polls close and It’s a Labour hold.

22:25

The exit polls suggests gains for the Conservatives and huge losses for the Liberal Democrats and Labour. Notably the SNP have been polled as winning all but one seat in Scotland on 58 seats. Deputy leader of the Labour Party and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon have both erred on the side of caution.

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Hello, I’m Joel Grove and will be reporting the national UK picture as the results unfold after the polls close 10 pm Thursday 7th May.

Despite the fact we are a London news site, what happens in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland clearly makes a huge difference.

Pollsters have been predicting a Scottish Nationalist landslide.

Conservatives and Labour are expected to be neck and neck.

Which minority party will hold the balance of power?

As the votes and counted and winning MPs declared coalition possibilities may emerge.

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