Cameron’s Conservatives defy predictions, get majority in British polls

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London: Defying all predictions and speculation, Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party on Friday secured a simple majority in the 650-member House of Commons, winning 331 seats in the British general election.

Ed Miliband’s Labour Party has secured 232 seats, the Scottish National Party (SNP) 56, and the Democratic Unionist Party and the Liberal Democrats eight each, BBC reported.

The number of Indian-origin members in the new House of Commons remains at 10, unchanged from the previous house.

Speaking outside No.10 Downing Street after visiting Buckingham Palace, Cameron said he would lead a government for “one nation” and make “Great Britain greater”.

The Conservatives won 331 seats, five more than the magic figure of 326 for a majority in the 650-member House of Commons.

In the outgoing house, the Conservatives had 306 seats, Labour 258, Liberal Democrats 57 and the SNP six.

The SNP has made a near-clean sweep with 56 out of a total 59 seats — recording its most successful general election victory ever. Its previous best was in October 1974, when it won 11 seats. The party won six seats in 2010.