The British Prime Minister, David Cameron and his blue-coloured Tory Conservative party have painted the United Kingdom political landscape blue, with a resounding victory in Thursday, May 7, UK Parliamentary elections. Though, the Prime Minister’s party was expected to win, but not with the margin of victory they commanded. It was widely expected that there would be no clear winner, resulting in a hung parliament. This was also the prediction of the exit polls.
However, the results were far from those expectations and predictions. In the end, Prime Minister Cameron and his blue-coloured Conservatives’ won majority seats in the British parliament. They won by having more elected Members of Parliamentarians than any other party, They gained 330 members of their party nominees elected to the UK parliament, out of the 650 parliamentary seats available in the parliament.
The results were devastating enough to force the UK’s biggest opposition party and former ruling party, The Labour Party’s leader, Ed Miliband to not only concede defeat but tender his resignation, after taking sole responsibility of the party’s failures on the polls. The Labour party won a landslide in 1997, under the leadership of Tony Blair and went on to win three consecutive elections until 2010, when David Cameron defeated former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
David Cameron had since been ruling a coalition government with the Liberal Democratic Party from last election, after his party failed to gain majority seats.
However, it seems his former Coalition partners, the Liberal Party, had paid for their marriage with the conservative, which compromised the parties liberal principles and left many of their loyalists betrayed. As a result, they lost more than three quarter of their 56 elected MPs from the last elections. They won only 8 seats from the May 7 elections. Their leader, Nick Clegg, who served as Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister Cameron, until May 7 elections, has also resigned, as a result of the significant defeat suffered by his party.
The only party that made history in last night’s election was the Scottish National Party (SNP), who won 57 out of the 59 seats available in Scotland. The party were previously only able to gain 6 seats from the last elections in 2010. This means that the SNP is now the third largest party in the United Kingdom Parliament.
The other disappointing story on the night was the failure of the right-wing party of the UK Independent Party (UKIP), whose party leader Nigel Farage, failed to turn their huge expectations into results. The party, in the end, won only one seat of Parliament. Farage himself abysmally failed to win his much coveted seat in Thanet South constituency, which forced him to also resign leader of UKIP.
Overall, it was a resounding victory for Prime Minister Cameron and his Tory Conservative Party. Other parties are left to do some soul searching for a new leader to bring them back.