The 2015 General Election Roundup.

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The 2015 General Election Roundup.

The result of the 2015 General Election (BBC).

The result of the 2015 General Election (BBC).

This election seemingly has the tale of two sides: On the hand, Scotland predominately voted SNP and on the other, England predominately voted Conservative. A quirk of the voting system or a display of political intent? That is open to debate, however, what cannot be disputed is that the United Kingdom is now electorally fractious.

The election night of 2015 proved to be a whirlwind of gains, losses and lots of coffee. We also got to hear Paddy Ashdown promising to eat his hat if the exit polls were correct. Despite that light-hearted moment, there was no doubting the seriousness of this election campaign. So what happened? What are the headlines which need covering?

"I will eat my hat..."

“I will eat my hat…”

Big Names Losses

Come the re-opening of parliament, the Commons will be a house which has experienced the loss of many big party names:

Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg resigned despite winning his Sheffield Hallam seat.

Labour leader, Ed Miliband resigned.

UKIP leader, Nigel Farage resigned.

Former Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander lost his Renfrewshire South seat.

Scottish Labour Leader, Jim Murphy lost his East Renfrewshire seat.

Former Business Secretary, Vince Cable lost his Twickenham seat.

Former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls lost his Morley seat.

Former Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy lost his Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat.

Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander lost his Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey seat.

No more Ed Balls tweets...

No more Ed Balls tweets…

Conservative Majority

The Conservative party gained an outright majority of 331 seats, leaving the Prime Minister, David Cameron free to form his own Conservative Cabinet. At the moment, the Cabinet is George Osborne as Chancellor; Theresa May as Home Secretary; Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary and Philip Hammond as Defence Secretary. Cameron will likely appoint more ministers over the coming days. The Conservatives gained 35 seats, and lost 11. They gained 36.9% of the overall vote.

SNP Majority in Scottish Constituencies

Nicola Sturgeon now leads 56 SNP MPs.

Nicola Sturgeon now leads 56 SNP MPs.

The exit polls suggested that the SNP would gain 58 seats out of the 59 seats in Scotland. At the end of the night and into early morning, they managed to gain 56. This shows that the party has managed inroads in gaining seats across Scotland. For example, the whole of Glasgow voted for SNP, four out of five Edinburgh constituencies voted SNP, as did Jim Murphy’s previously safe seat of East Renfrewshire. Nicola Sturgeon remains Scotland’s First Minister. The SNP gained 50 seats and lost none. They gained 4.7% of the overall vote.

Labour’s Night

Ed Miliband's resignation speech.

Ed Miliband’s resignation speech.

Labour won in 232 seats, a gain of 22 and a loss of 48. The party gained 30.4% of the vote. Citing this performance, Ed Miliband has resigned, so this means that a Labour leadership race is underway. Names have yet to be formally announced –more news on this as we get it.

Liberal Democrat’s Night

The Lib Dems won in 8 seats, but lost 49. This included Nick Clegg’s and Danny Alexander’s constituency. The Lib Dem’s gained 7.9% of the vote.

UKIP’s Night

UKIP won one seat. This means that Douglas Carswell is now MP for Clacton. Nigel Farage failed to get a seat, and as thus resigned. UKIP gained 12.6% of the vote.

What Now?

David Cameron addresses the press as PM.

David Cameron addresses the press as PM.

In the aftermath of this result, David Cameron is in the process of forming his cabinet. After meeting with the Queen to gain permission to form a government, he held a press conference with the press outside Downing Street, in his speech he outlined his plan for his next term: One-Nation Conservatism, made famous by Benjamin Disraeli. He mentioned ‘governing with respect’ citing further devolution to both Scotland and England, a strong economy reaching all ends of the United Kingdom, more training, jobs and better education and ‘building a prouder future’. Will he succeed? The electorate have five years to decide.

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