Conservatives in the UK are celebrating today after Prime Minister David Cameron overwhelmingly secured victory, and a majority, over the Labour Party. More from AP:
The Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's Parliamentary elections, winning an unexpected and resounding victory that returns Prime Minister David Cameron to 10 Downing Street in a stronger position than before.
Cameron went Friday afternoon to Buckingham Palace, where he is expected to tell Queen Elizabeth II that he has enough support to form a government.
That brings the election to a much-quicker-than-expected conclusion. Polls ahead of Election Day showed Conservatives locked in a tight race with the opposition Labour Party, raising the possibility of days or weeks of negotiations to form a government.
With Cameron's Conservatives winning a working majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, the election result looked to be far better for him than even his own party had foreseen. With 639 constituencies counted, the Conservatives had 324 seats to Labour's 229.
The prime minister beamed early Friday as he was announced the winner of his Witney constituency in southern England.
"This is clearly a very strong night for the Conservative Party," he said, stopping just short of declaring overall victory. He would be the first Conservative prime minister to win a second term since Margaret Thatcher.
After the humiliating defeat, three leaders of the UK Independence Party, Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party resigned in unprecedented fashion.
Here's to a brighter future for everyone. pic.twitter.com/EeN0YFAvBm— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 8, 2015
52 minutes, three resignations: 11.22am - Nigel Farage quits 11.34am - Nick Clegg quits 12.14pm - Ed Miliband quits #GE2015— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 8, 2015
The morning afterward, it's hard to convey the scale of shocked devastation to Labour, Lib Dems & UKIP in UK elex to US readers.Let me try.— Jeff B@AoSHQDD (@EsotericCD) May 8, 2015
In England proper, four major parties in the UK elex: Tory, Labour, Lib Dems, and UKIP. The leaders of last three all *JUST RESIGNED.*— Jeff B@AoSHQDD (@EsotericCD) May 8, 2015
In Scotland, before last night the Labour Party held 41 seats, Tories had 1. After last night, Labour has 1 seat, and Tories still have 1.— Jeff B@AoSHQDD (@EsotericCD) May 8, 2015
So, what's next? Leaving the European Union, as many conservatives have wanted to do for years, will certainly be on the debate agenda.
In any event, it looks as though, at long last, we shall have the chance to vote on leaving the EU and rejoining the rest of the world.— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) May 7, 2015
Congratulations and thanks to all Conservative local and parliamentary candidates. A wonderful night. Now for the In/Out referendum! ??— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) May 8, 2015
This post has been updated with additional information.