Britain’s Conservatives Beat Expectations, Win Election

Prime Minister David Cameron wins an absolute majority in Parliament.

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Aerial view of the Palace of Westminster in London, England (iStock/Robert Ingelhart)
  • Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has won 330 seats in the House of Commons, a gain of 28 and four more than are needed for a majority.
  • David Cameron is due to stay on as prime minister.
  • Labour went down from 256 to 232 seats. The Liberal Democrats, who have governed in a coalition with Cameron since 2010, lost 48 of their 56 seats.
  • The Scottish National Party took 56 out of 59 seats in Scotland.
  • Nigel Farage’s United Kingdom Independence Party failed to win any seats.