British Voters Deliver a Hung Parliament

by Mike on May 7, 2010

in Election 2010,UK Politics

The British people went to the polls yesterday and the results are in.  Prime Minster Gordon Brown’s Labour Party has lost its majority in the House of Commons.  Unfortunately, the British people did not give any single party a majority of seats and the country will now have a hung Parliament.  David Cameron’s Conservative Party won the largest number of seats and the greatest share of the popular vote.  At this point, Labour has lost 88 seats and plummeted into second place.  Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrat Party failed to live up to the pre-election hype and placed third; his party actually lost seats.  the question of who will serve as Prime Minister is still up in the air, but early indications are that it will be David Cameron.

Nick Clegg issued a statement this morning to reiterate  his position that the party winning the largest number of seats and greatest number of votes should have the right to try and form the next government.  For reasons I’ll discuss in an upcoming post, that is probably the wisest political move Clegg could make.  Of course, Gordon Brown also let it be known that he is also willing to negotiate.  We’ll see what happens.

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