UK Elections Lead To No Majority, Hung Parliament After Turbulent Voting Night
May 7, 2010
UK (ChattahBox) – The results are in after a long night of politics quips, angry voters who were turned away from unprepared stations, and an intense campaign that led to one of Britain’s closest political races. But there was no majority in Parliament.
A hung parliament was a projected result from most news sources that watched as votes were taken last night Which is just what ended up happening as none of the three parties was able to get a 326 seat majority that would give them control over the government.
Now no party will be able to seek any laws to be passed or decisions made without the support of another, which is an angle David Cameron(shown) and the Tories are already working.
Cameron has been in talks since the results were announced this morning with Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats about forming a government, something that was also predicted by many.
Gordon Brown, still the official Prime Minister, has said that he understands the attempt at a coalition between the two parties, but that he doubts any negotiations will succeed, pointing out the closer ties in policy between Labour and Lib Dem.
“I understand and completely respect the position of Mr Clegg in stating that he wishes first to make contact with the leader of the Conservative Party,” he said in a statement.
“[However,] should the discussions between Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg come to nothing… I would be prepared to discuss with Mr Clegg the areas where there may be some measure of agreement between our two parties.
“I understand as I know my fellow party leaders do that people do not like the uncertainty or want it to be prolonged. We live, however, in a parliamentary democracy, the outcome has been delivered by the electorate. It is our responsibility now to make it work for the national good.”
The final results in the general election were Conservatives (Tory) with 303 seats, Labour with 257 seats, and Lib Dem with 57 seats.
How this will fit in with the voting problems that occurred last night, when voters were actually turned away despite queuing for hours because of a shortage on ballots, and understaffed stations is yet to be seen. But hundreds were unable to cast their support, leading to widespread anger as calls of corruption have led to a promise of voting reform.