The election result looked to be much better for Cameron than even his party had predicted with the Conservatives winning an outright majority in the 650-seat House of Commons. With 643 constituencies counted, the Conservatives had 326 seats to Labour’s 230.
David Cameron went to Buckingham Palace, where he was expected to tell Queen Elizabeth II that he has enough support to form a government.
“I’ve just been to see HM Queen and I will now for a majority Conservative government. I’ve been proud to lead the first coalition government in 70 years and I want to thank all those who worked so hard to make it a success and in particular on this day Nick Clegg,” Mr. Cameron said during the victory speech delivered by him on the steps of Downing Street.
“Elections can be bruising clashes of ideas and arguments and a lot of people who believe profoundly in public service have seen that service cut short,” he added.
Labour’s Ed Miliband has recently announced that he will step down as party leader. “I’m truly sorry I did not succeed,” Miliband said. “We’ve come back before and this party will come back again.”
“Ed Miliband rang me this morning to wish me luck with the new government. It was a typically generous gesture from someone who is clearly in public service for all the right reasons. The government I led did important work. It laid the foundations for a better future and now we must build on them. I truly believe we’re on the brink of something special in our country: we can make Britain a place where a good life is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the right thing,” Cameron invoked Miliband during the speech.
Labour was routed in Scotland by the Scottish National Party, which took almost all of the 59 seats. As said by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, the vote represented “a clear voice for an end to austerity, better public services and more progressive politics at Westminster.”
Cameron, who would be the first Conservative prime minister to win a second term since Margaret Thatcher, vowed to counter the rise of Scottish nationalism with more powers for Scotland and Wales.
“I want my party, and I hope a government that I would like to lead, to reclaim a mantle that we should never have lost – the mantle of one nation, one United Kingdom,” he said.
Around 50 million people were registered to vote in Thursday’s election. Votes in each constituency were counted by hand. Besides, the results followed a familiar ritual: candidates, each wearing a bright rosette in the color of their party, line up on stage like boxers as a returning officer reads out the results.
UK’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 most voters considered Cameron’s entreaties to back the Conservatives as the party of financial stability.
“When I stood here five years ago our country was in the grip of an economic crisis. Five years on Britain is so much stronger but the real opportunities lie ahead. Everything I’ve seen over the last five years and indeed during this election campaign has proved once again that this is country with unrivalled skills and creativeness, a country with such good humour and such great compassion, and I’m convinced that if we draw on all of this then we can take these islands with our proud history and build an ever prouder future: together, we can make Great Britain greater, still. Thank you,” David Cameron stated ending the victory speech.