Cameron to form government as Miliband expected to quit
Throughout the election campaign, the polls had pointed to a hung parliament. Even a few hours before the polls opened, support for Labour and the Tories was estimated a dead heat.
The actual result couldn’t be more different.
The exit poll, released shortly after 10pm last night revealed a huge victory for David Cameron and the Conservatives, and crushing defeat for Ed Miliband and the Labour Party.
The results are still rolling in, but the Conservatives are on course to win, possibly even gaining a majority in the commons.
Labour meanwhile, had a terrible night, due in part to a landslide in Scotland that has left Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP with an incredible 56 of 59 seats in Scotland.
Labour lost key party figures in Scotland including Scottish leader Jim Murphy, Miliband’s campaign strategist Douglas Alexander and Margaret Curran. Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander also lost his seat.
Labour held just one seat in Scotland, losing 40, and the Tories held their only Scottish seat.
Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to stand down later this morning.
The Lib Dems also experienced a harrowing night. At the time of writing, Nick Clegg’s party have won just eight seats and lost 44. They held a total of 55 in the last parliament. In addition to losing Danny Alexander, the party also lost energy secretary Ed Davey and business secretary Vince Cable. Clegg held his seat, but he is expected to resign as leader later today.
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