David Cameron has got a second term as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after his Conservative party performed above expectations in the UK General elections. Battling the anti-incumbency, high-tech campaign by the opposite Ed Miliband’s Labour Party and predictions by the poll pundits, the Tories (informal for Conservative party) came back strongly with improving upon its previous tally of 303 to cross the absolute majority mark of 326 on its own in a 650 member House of Commons.
The counting to the just concluded national polls for the lower house began this morning. Beating expectation of the opponents and mustering its own anticipations Conservative took an early lead in England and Wales. Labour party on the other hand faced rout in Scotland loosing 40 seats of the 41 it held in the last house, while struggled to keep pace with the racing Conservatives. Sub-nationalist Scottish National Party (SNP) swept the Scotland winning 56 out of 59 seats. The SNP’s massive vote has made dynamics of the union interesting as Scotland had voted to be the part of the United Kingdom in last year’s referendum. The SNP had voted against the referendum for ‘united’ UK.
Along with the remarkable surge in the tally of SNP, another story of the UK polls was the major decline in the tally of Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems has crashed to single-digit 8, suffering loss of whopping 47 seats.
In his speech to the press and general public shortly after declared victorious from his Witney Parliamentary constituency, Cameron gave a glimpse of his agenda forward.
“I want my party, and I hope a government I would like to lead, to reclaim a mantle that we should never have lost – the mantle of One Nation, One United Kingdom. That is how I will govern if I am fortunate enough to form a government in the coming days,” he said.
On the other hand, the leader of Labour party Ed Miliband stood down from the position of party chief conceding “time for someone else to take over the leadership and that he was truly sorry he did not succeed.”
Labour would “never stop fighting for the working people of this country”, he added further.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has already said he will quit, with his party set to be reduced from 57 to eight MPs. An ally in the previous Cameron-led government, Lib Dems suffered as many of its big names and the outgoing ministers Vince Cable, Danny Alexander, David Laws, Simon Hughes and Charles Kennedy lost.
But the story of the election is certainly the emergence of SNP. Lauding the historic results for her party, the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said “the tectonic plates of Scottish politics shifted yesterday – it is a historic result”.
Asserting his party will keep government on toes over the issues concerning Scotland, Sturgeon added, “Given that we are, unfortunately, facing another Conservative government, it’s all the more important that we’ve got a strong team of SNP MPs standing up for Scotland. We will go to Westminster and seek to ensure that Westminster governments can’t ignore Scotland, that they can’t simply push aside the things that were voted for in Scotland yesterday.”
But the night certainly belonged to the Tories who will get back to the business on their own for another five decisive years. Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne said the Conservatives had been “given a mandate to get on with the work we started five years ago” and would follow the “clear instructions” of the British public.