Conservatives fall 20 seats short of majority


Express May 07, 2010

KARACHI: The UK’s Conservative Party fell 20 seats short of winning a majority in British parliament in Thursday’s general election, final results showed.

According to the BBC, from all 649 constituencies contested on May 6, the Tories have got 306 seats – or 307, including the previously Tory held Thirsk and Malton. The election was postponed in the constituency after the death of a candidate. It leaves the party just short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. Tory leader Cameron has reached out to the Liberal Democrats in an effort to form a government after the UK general election resulted in a hung parliament and said he wanted to make a “big open and comprehensive offer” to the Liberal Democrats.

Labour have finished with 258 MPs, the Liberal Democrats 57 and other parties 28. The Conservatives got 36.1 per cent of the votes, Labour 29.1 per cent and the Liberal Democrats 23 per cent. Other parties represented in the new parliament include the Scottish National Party with six seats and Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalists, with three.

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