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UK Polls: Cameron Set For Another Five Year Term
British Prime Minister David Cameron and his conservative party appear set to govern the country for another five year period after a strong showing in the elections rounding off Friday.
Nearly three quarters of seats available in the contest have been counted and the conservatives have won 203 of the 650 seats with an exit poll suggesting they were on track to win 316 more seats in the lower house of parliament.
Some pollsters have said that an overall conservative majority could not be ruled out and the latest BBC projection also suggested that the party could win as many as 325 seats.
The expected tally is just a little lower than the majority needed to form a government but other options are open to them to form a collaborative government with other parties.
But traditionally in British politics, controlling 323 seats in parliament is enough to command a majority.
If Cameron, however falls, short of an outright majority, he may be left with the option of forming a government with the support of the Liberal Democrats, his current coalition partners, or Northern Irish unionists or both.
For the Labour party, the election appears set to be a crushing defeat.
The exit polls forecast it would get just 239 seats. If this happens it would go down in history as the centre-left party’s worst result in almost three decades.
Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party appears to have conceded defeat. He was quoted to have said on Friday morning that he was “deeply sorry” for a “very disappointing and difficult night”.
Cameron on his part said he hoped to form a government in the coming days after his party enjoyed what he described as a “very strong night”.
Also in Scotland, once a Labour stronghold, nationalists appear to have won almost every seat, a result likely to create renewed momentum for Scottish independence, a burning political discourse.
Almost all the votes of Scotland’s 59 parliamentary seats have been counted. The Scottish National Party (SNP) had won 55 of them thus effectively crippling the Labour’s hold north of the border.
In a particularly embarrassing defeat, Douglas Alexander, the party’s campaign chief and foreign policy strategist, lost his seat to a 20-year-old Scottish nationalist student while Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, was equally defeated.
The Liberal Democrats have suffered even heavier losses and party leader, Nick Clegg, has indicated he may step down.
In its latest projection, the BBC predicted the conservatives would win 325 seats, Labour 232, the SNP 56, Liberal Democrats 12, Democratic Unionist Party 8 and UKIP 2.