David Cameron’s Conservatives win UK elections
11 mayo, 2015
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party won the most unpredictable election in ages with absolute majority.
David Cameron and his Conservatives obtained a victory in the British general election with an absolute majority that nobody had been expecting. Furthermore, the nation was shocked to receive such results, as they had been conditioned by pre-election polls to expect a coalition between the Conservatives and Labour. Friday results show that the party has assured a complete majority in Parliament.
The Conservatives accomplished a total of 331 of 650 seats in the House of Commons, which are 24 more seats than the obtained in 2010 election and five more seats than the required to govern on its own in Parliament.
These results caused the resignations of several leaders of losing parties, such as Ed Miliband from Labour’s, Nick Clegg from centrist Liberal Democrats´and Nigel Farage from the populist, anti-immigration, anti-European Union U.K. Independence Party. On the one hand, Labour Party won 232 seats, 26 less than in 2010. Indeed, this opposition Labour Party and its leader, Ed Miliband, changed the party’s strategy from the centrist ideology Tony Blair pursued during the 1990s and 2000s. On the other hand, Scottish National Party, which favors independence for Scotland, won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland, 50 more than in 2010.
In a speech, David Cameron promised to govern United Kingdom in the most fairly way and declared the following statement: “The government I led did important work. It laid the foundations for a better future, and now we must build on them.”
Moreover, the Conservatives in general describe themselves as a party that aims to work towards the recovery of jobs and economic situations, the reduction of income tax for 30 million people and the spent of cuts to eliminate a 5% budget deficit of gross domestic product.
Specifically, in regards to Cameron’s campaign themes, the Prime Minister defended that he will be centered primarily on domestic issues, rising employment, reducing taxes, and improving homeownership, schools and dignity in retirement. This way, Mr. Cameron will start his second term facing challenges such as holding off calls from Scotland for independence and managing pressure to leave the European Union. Moreover, he has declared his intention to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s membership as one of the 28 nations that form the European Union and to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on the dispute about whether Britain should remain in such bloc or not.
“One nation, one United Kingdom – that is how I hope to govern if I am fortunate enough to continue as Prime Minister.” said Cameron on his twitter account @David_Cameron.