Reviews : Election Result: Hung Parliament


Tories Beat Labour But Fall Short Of Majority



Britain officially has a hung Parliament - the first since 1974 - with the Conservatives the largest party.



Even if the Tories were to win the remaining seats left to count, the party would only reach 325 - one short of the 326 needed for an outright majority.



According to a Sky News projection, the Conservatives are on course to win 309 seats, followed by Labour on 259 and the Lib Dems sliding to 54. Other parties share 28 seats.



Sky News Online's live blog continues to break every last result from the 650 constituencies.



It was a dramatic night in British politics, during which Conservative leader David Cameron claimed Labour had lost its "mandate to govern" and the highly-fancied Liberal Democrats saw their vote disintegrate.



The Tories struggled to obtain the necessary battleground gains to claim power outright, despite some considerable swings.




They included a large scalp in the Redditch constituency, where Labour's former home secretary Jacqui Smith was comprehensively defeated by Tory candidate Karen Lumley.



Mr Cameron, who swept to victory in his Witney constituency, said: "We have to wait for the full results, but it is clear the Labour government has lost its mandate to govern this country."



He received unlikely support from former Labour minister David Blunkett who said: "Labour has lost, the Tories have won. The Tories should rule."



His declaration broke ranks from the senior members of his party, who have already begun to talk up a possible coalition with the Lib Dems.



Foreign Secretary David Miliband appeared to open the door for a Lib-Lab pact, dismissing Tory claims on office.



He told Sky News: "If no party has a majority in the House of Commons, no party has a moral right to a monopoly of power.



"The voters have given us an injunction to talk to each other to see if strong and stable government can be secured."



After narrowly holding onto his Morley and Outwood seat, Children's Secretary Ed Balls issued a rallying cry to the party, insisting New Labour was not dead.



He told Sky News: "David Cameron thought he was going to gain a majority. That is not going to happen now."



The returns also quickly revealed a reluctance among voters to switch support to the Lib Dems, who have endured an unexpectedly dreadful night despite their buoyant election campaign.



After regaining his Sheffield Hallam seat, Mr Clegg declared: "This has been a disappointing night for the Liberal Democrats.



"We simply haven't achieved what we hoped."



Yet Mr Clegg remains on course to figure as 'kingmaker' in any discussions of a potential coalition.



The attention would then turn to the position of the Prime Minister in such a pact.



After comfortably winning his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat, Gordon Brown said he would play his part in a "strong government".



The Prime Minister pledged to "do his duty" in helping to "lead Britain into sustained economic recovery".



While his future remains uncertain, the night has claimed some big casualties a little lower down the political food chain.



Jacqui Smith remains the highest profile loser, followed by another former home secretary Charles Clarke, and the scandal-hit Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson.



Colourful Lib Dem candidate Lembit Opik was also ousted, along with his colleague Susan Kramer who lost her high-profile battle in Richmond Park to Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith.



Elsewhere, a moment of history was made with the Greens claiming the Brighton Pavilion seat to elect the party's first ever MP.



But the night began with the electoral process marred by chaos at polling stations across the country when hundreds of people were turned away before registering their vote.



The Electoral Commission has vowed to investigate after police were called to respond to sit-in protests and rows with returning officers.



Irate voters in Sheffield even refused to let a ballot box out of the building.



More than 44 million people were registered to vote for the 650 MPs of the new parliament.



After results in 603 of the UK's 650 constituencies were announced, national turnout stood at 65%, up from 61.4% in 2005 and 59.4% in 2001.



Voters also elected councillors in 166 local authorities across England.



Elsewhere on election day:



·         UKIP's Nigel Farage is recovering after being injured in a plane crash;



·         Adam Boulton gives his verdict on the three leaders;



·         Paul Harrison looks back over five weeks on the Lib Dem campaign trail;



·         Michelle Clifford reflects on a late surge of energy from Gordon Brown;



·         Joey Jones says David Cameron was unprepared for the TV debates;



·         Find out how to stay up to date with all the election news on Sky News.



 



Skynews

Rating: 0.00 (0 votes) - Rate this News -

Tags: Britain   UK   Brown   elections  


Other articles
2015/1/21 13:51:40 - All About That Bass: Research Shows That Curvier Women Produce More Intelligent Kids
2014/7/17 12:09:35 - Typhoon Kills 38 In The Philippines
2014/7/9 11:54:07 - What Did Jay Z Do? Woman Who Abandoned Baby In A Subway, Arrested And Shouts F*ck Shawn Corey Carter
2014/7/9 8:34:21 - Man Chokes And Die During Eating Contest
2014/7/7 14:08:19 - Neymar Causes Panic In His Camp
2014/7/7 13:12:37 - 60 Girls Escape Boko Haram Captors
2014/7/4 8:30:00 - 56 Year Old Woman Chases A 25 Year Old Man With A Knife After He Refused To Have Sex With Her.
2014/7/2 8:50:00 - Bless Her For Trying: ANC MP Wants SABC To Play The National Anthem Twice Daily
2014/7/1 12:54:37 - Touch Him Lord: Florida Church Holds Prayer For LeBron James Do The “Right Thing”
2014/6/30 10:08:39 - OP Trial Back On After Month Long Psychiatric Evaluation
2014/6/23 15:50:00 - Shady Senior Citizeans: 102 Years Old Grandma Killed Roommate Over A Bed?
2014/6/23 9:19:25 - Illegal Miners Killed, Cops Searching For The Killers
2014/6/18 9:16:31 - Mexico Proves To Be Tough Competitor Against Host Nation Brazil In A 0-0 Draw
2014/6/18 8:56:27 - Morethan 60 People Missing After An OverLoaded Boat Sinks Off Malaysia
2014/6/17 15:31:41 - You’re Hired: First Daughter Malia Obama Gets Her First Job At 16



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

 
The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.
2010 Abuse ANC and Anni Apple avatar Bafana Barack Britain Cape China crime Cup Dewani Eskom facebook FIFA Gaga Google Haiti HIV Internet iPad Jackson Jub Malema Manchester Mandela MaNtuli matric Michael Nelson New Obama of Oprah Prince Shrien SWC The tickets Tiger Transnet twitter United Winfrey Woods World Zuma
Powered by Sevafrica
None All Errors (1) Deprecated (0) Queries (37) Blocks (10) Extra (2) Timers(6)
Errors
Warning: XoopsEditorHandler::getList() should not be called statically. in file /class/xoopseditor/xoopseditor.php line 171
Deprecated
Queries
0.000371 - SET NAMES 'utf8'
0.000231 - SET SQL_BIG_SELECTS = 1
0.000221 - SELECT * FROM config WHERE (conf_modid = '0' AND conf_catid = '1') ORDER BY conf_order ASC
0.000693 - SELECT sess_data, sess_ip FROM session WHERE sess_id = 'oprri2madc8k7s5agnudrrbdh7'
0.000355 - SELECT * FROM modules WHERE dirname = 'news'
0.000284 - SELECT COUNT(*) FROM group_permission WHERE (gperm_modid = '1' AND (gperm_groupid = '3') AND gperm_name = 'module_read' AND gperm_itemid = '32')
0.000298 - SELECT * FROM config WHERE (conf_modid = '32') ORDER BY conf_order ASC
0.000306 - SELECT * FROM modules WHERE dirname = 'protector'
0.000536 - DELETE FROM protector_access WHERE expire < UNIX_TIMESTAMP()
0.000658 - SELECT COUNT(*) FROM protector_access WHERE ip='54.156.39.245' AND request_uri='/modules/news/article.php?storyid=953'
0.000549 - SELECT COUNT(*) FROM protector_access WHERE ip='54.156.39.245'
0.000580 - INSERT INTO protector_access SET ip='54.156.39.245',request_uri='/modules/news/article.php?storyid=953',expire=UNIX_TIMESTAMP()+'60'
0.001158 - SELECT s.*, t.* FROM stories s, topics t WHERE (storyid=953) AND (s.topicid=t.topic_id)
0.000287 - SELECT COUNT(*) FROM group_permission WHERE (gperm_modid = '32' AND (gperm_groupid = '3') AND gperm_name = 'news_view' AND gperm_itemid = '3')
0.001378 - UPDATE stories SET counter = counter+1 WHERE storyid = 953
0.000593 - SELECT COUNT(*) FROM banner
0.000470 - SELECT * FROM banner LIMIT 2, 1
0.000456 - UPDATE banner SET impmade = impmade+1 WHERE bid = 3
0.000370 - SELECT * FROM config WHERE (conf_modid = '0' AND conf_catid = '3') ORDER BY conf_order ASC
0.000421 - SELECT DISTINCT gperm_itemid FROM group_permission WHERE gperm_name = 'block_read' AND gperm_modid = 1 AND gperm_groupid IN (3)
0.000361 - SELECT b.* FROM newblocks b, block_module_link m WHERE m.block_id=b.bid AND b.isactive=1 AND b.visible=1 AND m.module_id IN (0,32) AND b.bid IN (415,414,413,396,395,394,380,379,378,377,376,375,374,373,372,371,370,369,368,367,366,365,364,360,362,361,480,481,363,356,477,355,354,353,357,358,359,352,351,350,349,348,347,346,344,343,345,339,340,341,342,338,337,463,335,334,333,332,330,329,328,327,326,331,325,324,323,320,319,318,321,322,317,316,313,312,311,314,315,306,305,304,307,308,309,310,202,201,200,199,198,197,195,194,193,192,191,190,189,188,187,186,185,181,182,183,184,168,154,153,157,169,171,172,173,178,158,170,167,155,156,166,161,160,159,196,134,133,132,131,130,129,128,127,126,125,124,123,122,121,120,119,118,117,116,109,110,111,476,482,478,479,485,483,77,52,51,53,54,15,14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,411,410,409,408,407,406,405,403,402,563,404,401,399,398,393,391,390,389,388,387,386,385,384,412,383,382,381,294,293,292,291,290,289,288,210,207,206,205,204,203,179,135,112,208,209,562,115,136,180,68,67,39,303,17,16,416,417,418,421,422,423,426,427,428,429,434,435,436,437,438,439,440,441,442,443,444,518,446,447,448,449,450,451,454,455,456,457,458,459,460,461,462,464,465,466,467,468,469,470,471,472,473,474,475,513,487,488,489,490,491,492,493,494,512,511,496,497,498,499,500,501,502,503,504,505,506,507,508,515,510,516,520,521,522,523,524,525,526,527,528,529,530,531,532,533,534,535,536,537,550,539,540,541,542,543,544,545,546,548,549,551,552,553,554,555,556,557,558,559,560,561,564) ORDER BY b.weight, m.block_id
0.000307 - SELECT * FROM modules WHERE dirname = 'tag'
0.000284 - SELECT * FROM config WHERE (conf_modid = '63') ORDER BY conf_order ASC
0.000221 - SELECT DISTINCT(o.tag_id), o.tag_term, o.tag_status, SUM(l.tag_count) AS count, l.tag_modid FROM tag_tag AS o LEFT JOIN tag_stats AS l ON l.tag_id = o.tag_id WHERE (o.tag_status = '0') GROUP BY o.tag_id ORDER BY count DESC LIMIT 0, 50
0.000316 - SELECT * FROM smiles
0.000658 - SELECT * FROM stories_files WHERE storyid=953
0.001129 - SELECT s.*, t.* FROM stories s, topics t WHERE (s.published > 0 AND s.published <= 1539708251) AND (s.expired = 0 OR s.expired > 1539708251) AND (s.topicid=t.topic_id) AND s.ihome=0 ORDER BY s.published DESC LIMIT 0, 15
0.000628 - SELECT storyid, title FROM stories WHERE (published > 0 AND published <= 1539708251) AND (expired = 0 OR expired > 1539708251) AND storyid > 953 ORDER BY storyid ASC LIMIT 0, 1
0.000534 - SELECT storyid, title FROM stories WHERE (published > 0 AND published <= 1539708251) AND (expired = 0 OR expired > 1539708251) AND storyid < 953 ORDER BY storyid DESC LIMIT 0, 1
0.000369 - SELECT * FROM topics ORDER BY topic_title
0.000554 - SELECT * FROM config WHERE (conf_modid = '0' AND conf_catid = '5') ORDER BY conf_order ASC
0.000244 - SELECT * FROM config WHERE (conf_modid = '0' AND conf_catid = '3') ORDER BY conf_order ASC
0.001260 - SELECT o.tag_id, o.tag_term FROM tag_link AS l LEFT JOIN tag_tag AS o ON o.tag_id = l.tag_id WHERE l.tag_itemid = 953 AND l.tag_modid = 32 ORDER BY o.tag_count DESC
0.000220 - SELECT COUNT(*) FROM group_permission WHERE (gperm_modid = '1' AND (gperm_groupid = '3') AND gperm_name = 'system_admin' AND gperm_itemid = '14')
0.000229 - SELECT COUNT(*) FROM group_permission WHERE (gperm_modid = '32' AND (gperm_groupid = '3') AND gperm_name = 'news_submit')
0.000157 - SELECT COUNT(*) as cpt FROM topics WHERE menu=1
0.000650 - SELECT * FROM xoopscomments WHERE (com_modid = '32' AND com_itemid = '953' AND com_pid = '0') ORDER BY com_id ASC
Total: 37
Blocks
User Menu: Not cached
Search: Not cached
Custom Block (HTML): Not cached
Custom Block (HTML): Not cached
Custom Block (HTML): Not cached
Custom Block (HTML): Not cached
Cumulus Tag Cloud: Not cached
Custom Block (HTML): Not cached
Custom Block (HTML): Not cached
Custom Block (HTML): Not cached
Total: 10
Extra
Included files: 118 files
Memory usage: 9086840 bytes
Timers
XOOPS took 0.199 seconds to load.
XOOPS Boot took 0.038 seconds to load.
Module init took 0.022 seconds to load.
XOOPS output init took 0.035 seconds to load.
Module display took 0.096 seconds to load.
Page rendering took 0.006 seconds to load.