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UK General Elections: Conservative Party Back with Clear Majority
May 11, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservatives won a resounding victory in the British general election and the party had secured an overall majority in Parliament.

  • The Conservative Party won with 331 seats, comfortably crossing the 326 mid-way mark in the 650-seat House of Commons.

  • The Conservatives got a 37% share of the national vote, Labour 31%, UKIP 13%, the Liberal Democrats 8%, the SNP 5%, the Green Party 4% and Plaid Cymru 1%.

  • Main opposition the Labour Party won 232 seats, a loss of 26 seats from 2010 election.

  • Surprisingly, the Scottish National Party has swept Scotland. It now has 56 MPs in Scotland.

  • Among the Scottish National Party winners was 20-year-old student Mhairi Black. She is the youngest U.K. lawmaker since 13-year-old Christopher Monck entered Parliament in 1667.

  • A record number of 10 Indian-origin candidates including Keith Vaz, Priti Patel and Infosys cofounder Narayana Murthy's son-in-law were elected to the British parliament.

  • There were a total of 59 Indian-origin candidates in the fray—Tories (17), Labour (14), Liberal Democrats (14), Green Party (4), United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) (3), independents (2) and one each from the smaller parties like All People's Party, Christian Movement for Great Britain, National Liberal Party, Socialist Labour Party and Young People's Party.

  • Pakistani-origin MPs have improved their tally in Britain's House of Commons with a total of 10 elected candidates, drawing level with their Indian colleagues.

  • Voters’ turnout was 66%, marginally up on 2010 and the highest since 1997.

Britain's economy—recovering after years of turmoil that followed the 2008 financial crisis—was at the core of many voters' concerns. The results suggest that many heeded Cameron's entreaties to back the Conservatives as the party of financial stability.


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