Election 2015 results: At-a-glance.
Results are coming in from around the UK. Here’s an at-a-glance guide to the key points of Election 2015 night.
Story so far
The parties have won the following number of seats so far:
- Conservatives 246
- Labour 212
- SNP 55
- DUP eight
- Lib Dems six
- Sinn Fein four
- Plaid Cymru three
- SDLP three
- UUP two
- UKIP one
Elsewhere on election night;
- The Conservatives are on course to win most seats, with a BBC projection suggesting the party may secure a Commons majority with 325 MPs
- Labour is projected to win 232 seats
- The SNP is on course for a landslide in Scotland, having won all seven seats in former Labour stronghold Glasgow and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s seat, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
- A number of senior Liberal Democrats, including business secretary Vince Cable, have lost their seats
What the parties are saying
- Conservative leader David Cameron: “This is clearly a very strong night for the Conservative Party. We’ve had a positive response to a positive campaign.”
- Labour leader Ed Miliband: “This has clearly been a very difficult and disappointing night for the Labour Party”
- Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg: “It is now painfully clear this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats. The election has profound implications for the country and for the Liberal Democrats”
- UKIP’s Paul Nuttall said shortly after polls closed that he believed Nigel Farage has won in Thanet South and the party will take more than two seats
- SNP’s Alex Salmond: “There’s going to be a lion roaring tonight, a Scottish lion, and it’s going to roar with a voice that no government of whatever political complexion is going to be able to ignore”
- Green Party leader Natalie Bennett: “I am immensely proud to have led the party into a general election where we have been able to stand more Green candidates than ever before and saved a record number of deposits.
- Vince Cable, the business secretary, was defeated in Twickenham
- Employment minister Esther McVey lost to Labour Wirral West
- Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, has lost his seat in Paisley and Renfrewshire South to the SNP
- Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy was beaten by Kirsten Oswald in East Renfrewshire
- Liberal Democrat energy minister Ed Davey lost the Kingston and Surbiton seat to the Tories
- Shadow Scottish secretary, Labour’s Margaret Curran, lost in Glasgow East
- Simon Hughes, the former deputy leader of the Lib Dems, was beaten by Labour’s Neil Coyle in Bermondsey and Old Southwark
- George Galloway, Respect’s only MP, was defeated in Bradford West
Analysis: BBC Scotland correspondent James Cook
Is this the end of the union?
That is the question many people will be asking this morning after the party which has fought for Scottish independence for 80 years swept to victory.
The answer from the jubilant Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon is a firm “no”.
She insists that her MPs will speak for all of Scotland, not just for the 45% who voted for the country to leave the United Kingdom last September.
“This changes nothing,” Ms Sturgeon told me when I asked her about independence at the count in Glasgow, in a brief moment of calm during the nationalist avalanche.
Of course she hopes that the real answer is not “no” but “not yet”.
More from James here.
Social media reaction
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As the night progresses, we’ll bring you the latest striking images from across the country.