UK General Election Results: Conservative Majority
What is called “a historic day for British politics” has come to an end. As of 1.55 pm, the Conservative Party have unexpectedly formed a single-party government winning 329 seats with just two seats left to declare.
With the required 323 out of 650 seats for a majority, that means that the Tories, after five years in a coalition with a slight majority, will govern alone.
The Tories have pledged they will push forward with reforms to tackle the UK’s enormous deficit and hold a national referendum on continued EU membership by 2017.
Scottish National Party (SNP) had a big night as well. Winning 56 seats, the party could fuel a fresh push for the independence of Scotland.
Celebrating his party’s victory, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron stood on the steps of Number 10 Downing Street and declared: “In this parliament I will stay true to my word and implement as fast as I can the devolution that all parties agreed for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
Meanwhile, Britain as well as the rest of the world were shocked to find out about three party leaders resigning in just 52 minutes.
Nigel Farage, the now former leader of Ukip, announced he will take the summer off and then decide whether to stand for the leadership again after that. Farage added that “there was an earthquake in this election and it happened north of the border, it happened in Scotland.”
Shortly after that, Nick Clegg, the now former leader of Liberal Democrats, announced about his resignation saying that he always expected this election to be “exceptionally difficult.” He also added that he thinks history will judge his party kindly.
“Britain needs a strong Labour party,” Ed Miliband said while resigning as leader of the Labour party. Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the party, will take over until a new leader can take over.
The results go against all the polls, which predicted that no party would win an overall majority.
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