General election 2015: Conservatives win majority
PUBLISHED: 11:20 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:07 08 May 2015
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David Cameron will return to Downing Street as Prime Minister after a disastrous night for Labour and the Liberal Democrats.
Tories Andrew Rosindell and Dame Angela Watkinson saw off the threat of Ukip in Romford and Hornchurch and Upminster and their party has, against all odds, won an outright majority.
Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have all resigned as leaders of their respective parties.
The Conservatives have won 332 seats, six more than the number required to form a majority government.
This goes against all opinion polls over the last few weeks which confidently predicted a hung parliament.
David Cameron, who will become Prime Minister later today, said at the Conservative Party head quarters: “This is the sweetest victory of all.
“At the start of this campaign I never quite believed we would get to this point.”
Labour’s Jon Cruddas was also challenged by Ukip in Dagenham and Rainham, but held his seat, but it was a disastrous night for the opposition across the country.
Labour’s outgoing leader Ed Miliband said: “The responsibility for the result is mine and mine alone.”
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was the highest profile casualty of the night losing his seat in Yorkshire.
Labour was decimated in Scotland with the Scottish National Party gaining 50 seats.
The Liberal Democrats also had a terrible night and finished behind UKIP in all three Havering constituencies.
Nick Clegg managed to hold onto his seat in Sheffield Hallam, but has since resigned as leader.
UKIP fared well in Havering, finishing second in all three areas and receiving 25.8pc of the votes in total. But they only won one seat in the House of Commons – Douglas Carswell in Clacton. Leader Nigel Farage lost in South Thanet and was the first of the three leader’s to resign, saying he was “happier than ever”.
His party achieved around 12pc of the national vote and once again called for changes to the first past the post voting system.
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