The May 2010 general election resulted in a hung parliament in the UK for the first time since 1974. The Conservative Party, led by David Cameron, won most seats in the House of Commons but not enough to form a majority government. The Labour Party gained the second highest number of seats while the Liberal Democrats came third out of the three leading UK political parties. In the imediate aftermath of the election there were several permutations of what might happen and they all revolved around the Liberal Democrats. To which party would they give their support and for what in return? Despite coming second, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, leader of the Labour Party, continued as Prime Minister until a new government was resolved. Technically Brown could have continued trying to lead the Commons with a minority government. In reality, this was never going to happen and after a few days of speculation it was announced that a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government had been formed with David Cameron as Prime Minister and Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister. Politicians with a Liberal background sat in the Cabinet for the first time in 70 years.
2010 national election result:
Conservative: 306 seats – a gain of 97 from the 2005 general election.
Labour: 258 seats – a loss of 91 from the 2005 general election.
Liberal Democrats: 57 seats – a loss of 5 from the 2005 general election.
Liberal Democrats: 6,827,938
% national support:
Liberal Democrats: 23%
Turnout = 65% (29,653,639 voters)
Points of interest:
Some voters were locked out of polling booths post-22.00. However, it is alleged that some were also locked in and allowed to vote after 22.00. If this is proved to be correct, the final result for that constituency may be challenged in court.