David Cameron has travelled to Buckingham Palace for a meeting with Her Majesty The Queen to confirm his second term as Prime Minister. The 2015 General Election saw the Conservative Party take control of the House of Commons whilst the Labour Party constituencies in Scotland were virtually wiped away by the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats suffered savage losses both north and south of the border.
Mr Cameron took the short trip from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace where he was reconfirmed as premier and asked to form a new government. After being re-elected to his Witney seat in the south of England, David Cameron
commented, “This is clearly a very strong night for the Conservative Party”. And a very strong night it was too as the Conservatives secured a required majority in Parliament to ensure they remain in Downing Street for the next five years.
The General Election also saw a nationalist surge in Scotland as the pro-independence Scottish Nationalist Party secured 56 out of the possible 59 seats in Scotland. This landslide result in the country saw Labour virtually wiped out north of the border. Labour leader, Ed Miliband, spoke of “a very disappointing and difficult night” for his party and “we haven’t made gains we wanted in England and Wales, and in Scotland we have seen a surge of nationalism overwhelm our party.”
Only 24 hours ago was it revealed that The Queen’s constitutional role could be tested as another hung parliament loomed. This years election was said to be the most closely fought election in recent history with no overall winner expected. Though Her Majesty would have not have been involved in political negotiations, she would have been responsible for ensuring the next Prime Minister she appoints can secure the confidence of the House of Commons. With the outcome as we know it, this responsibility does not now fall to The Queen as the Conservatives have scored a majority at Westminster.
Upon the declaration of the General Election results, the London Stock Market surged with the benchmark FTSE 100 index rising 1.88 percent in initial deals, to 7016 points.
It has also recently been announced that UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, and Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, have both stepped down from the leadership of their respective party’s.
Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has also announced his intention to step down from leadership after Friday’s VE Day Commemorations at the Cenotaph in London.
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