The votes are in, the counts are just about done but result is unclear.
As is often the case with elections, the people in the know are SO much in the know that despite it being the most intriguing and tightly fought election in my lifetime, the result went as predicted. Hung Parliament.
Briefly what this means is that despite a huge swing in favour of the Conservative party, they did not gain enough constituencies to form a majority government. Therefore no party has been able to cross the winning threshold for the outright leadership on the country.
The winning party must gain 326 seats to be declared the winner as the British House of Parliament has 650 seats.
Here’s the breakdown:
|Democratic Unionist Party||8||0||1||-1||168,216||0.6||-0.3|
|Scottish National Party||6||0||0||0||482,823||1.7||+0.1|
|Social Democratic & Labour Party||3||0||0||0||107,396||0.4||-0.1|
The news coming from the parties are as follows:
Conservatives: Results indicate a clear rejection of the Labour party government.
Labour: Results indicate the majority of the public are not behind a Conservative government.
Lib Dems: Balls. We did no way near as well as we were hoping.
So what happens now?
The parties now have 15 days (until the Queen’s speech) to do some behind the scenes dealings in order to combine party seats to push them over the threshold. However, the sting in the tail is that as sitting PM, the Labour party has the first go at this.
The plot thickens.