Whether you stayed up all night to follow the election, or woke up to discover the results, GE2015 was an election like no other and one to resonate in the British public, news and politics for a while, regardless of your political preferences. No one had a better view to the election than us,
Whether you stayed up all night to follow the election, or woke up to discover the results, GE2015 was an election like no other and one to resonate in the British public, news and politics for a while, regardless of your political preferences.
No one had a better view to the election than us, as we live-blogged our way through the night from News UK. On the 17th floor of the “Baby Shard”, where the Thames becomes a lit-up constellation of lights, Politics Made Public set up camp to report the elections in cooperation with the News Academy.
At 10 PM as the exit polls rolled in and every face turned towards the TV screens on the floor, mixed sensations could be felt across the room where the latest predictions were indicative of a hung parliament (read more on the link above).
Read on below to learn more about how things unfolded following this in our round up of GE2015.
Overall, the winners in Wales (as with England) on Thursday evening were the Conservative Party – their best result in thirty years. The Tories gained two seats taking their total up to 11 out of the 40 Welsh seats in the House of Commons. To a casual observer this may not seem like a lot but the fact that the Tories actually increased their number of seats in Wales is very important.
Labour’s abysmal night was epitomised by the result in Cardiff North – a seat they should have regained comfortably. It was fifth on Labour’s swing gain list. Instead Craig Williams not only regained the seat, he increased the majority. Similarly, Byron Davies regained Gower in South Wales for the first time in 109 years with a majority of just 27.
Mark Williams in Ceredigion remains the only Liberal Democrat MP in Wales – somebody at the Ceredigion count made the joke that he could end up as the next Lib Dem leader. More ridiculous things have happened in politics before.
Plaid Cymru didn’t actually do as well as they were expecting after the bounce they received with Leanne Wood taking part in the Leaders’ Debates. They’d hoped to gain Ynys Môn and Ceredigion and a party source I spoke to on Friday morning suggested that they needed to move on and focus on next year’s Assembly Election.
Finally, UKIP is now the third party in Wales. Under the proportional voting system used for Assembly elections, UKIP can expect to gain up to five seats next year.
The 2015 UK General Elections are over. Overall turnout for Britain was 61.1%. The people have spoken, giving the Conservatives a mandate at 331 seats, whereas the Scottish Nationalist Party has won an outstanding 56 out of 59 seats in Scotland, making it the third largest party in the Westminster Parliament at the expense of Labour and Lib Dem seats.
The SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon has vowed that the SNP has received a ‘mandate on an unprecedented scale’. The party, according to Sturgeon, will no longer be ‘side-lined or ignored’. Angus Robertson, having been elected in Moray, holds his position as the Parliamentary Group Leader for SNP in Westminster. Mhairi Black, a Politics student and SNP’s youngest elected MP at just 20, has been able to top former Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander. Sturgeon maintained: “Our voices will be heard. Our interests will be protected.” It was nevertheless clear early-on however, that Prime Minister David Cameron intends to lead (and has now established) a “one-nation” government.
SNP wants “an independent Scotland within the EU”, yet what kind of impact will this referendum have on Scotland? More importantly though, will Scotland remain within the UK long enough to see such a referendum?
Looking at a map of the election results in the UK tells an interesting story of how London’s political views stand in contrast to those of the rest of the country. Most of London stands as a red stamp on the otherwise blue sheet that covers southern England. Greater London has almost completely transformed into a two-party area as the Lib Dems felt losses around Greater London.
Labour didn’t get the victory they had hoped for nationally, but in Greater London they gained 7 seats, which gave them a total of 45 out of 73. They managed to take 4 seats from the Conservatives and 3 from Lib Dems making them the only party to gain seats in London.
Conservatives, on the other hand, lost a total of only one seat, which gave them a total of 27. They lost 4 seats to Labour but took 3 from the Lib Dems. More interestingly, London Mayor, Boris Johnson, won a seat in Parliament which means that he will be acting both as mayor and MP until the end of his mayoral term in 2016. He won the seat in the West London area of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
Zooming in to London shows one solitary orange speck that is the last standing Lib Dem MP who is located in Carshalton and Wallington. The Lib Dems took a beating both nationally and within Greater London, losing 6 seats, which were split evenly between Labour and the Conservatives. This was the only trend that held fast to the national trend as their defeat in London mirrored their national performance.
This election has made it clear that Labour is becoming more of a metropolitan party and will most likely form a strategy that seeks to grow in larger cities where their support lies. The Conservatives may now be the majority but their small loss in London would have been more severe if not for the seats they took from the Lib Dems who have crumbled all over the UK.