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British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Tory party all but vanquished the opposing Labor Party and proved pre-election polls wrong with a resounding election triumph he called "the sweetest victory of all."

Fueled by a landslide in Scotland, Cameron and the Tories left opponents on the right and left in tatters. The Labour Party lost 24 seats in Parliament according to early returns, and party leader Ed Miliband resigned from his role. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg resigned after acknowledging a "cruel and punishing defeat," in which his left-of-center part suffered its worst-ever defeat - dropping from 57 seats to just 8. On the right, UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage, a thorn in Cameron's side, failed to win a seat.

The resounding victory left Cameron and his party with the needed 323 seats for a majority, meaning he won't need to form a coalition government and now has a mandate to implement the party's full agenda of cutting government, entitlements and taxes.

"I think this is the sweetest victory of all," Cameron said. "There are so many things to be proud of in this result. The fact we held on in Scotland. The fact we extended our representation in Wales. The fact that candidates I have seen work so hard week in, week out, some of them year in, year out, have triumphed in so many seats."

Cameron's office said that the Prime Minister would go to Buckingham Palace later Friday to inform Queen Elizabeth II that he had enough support to form a government. It would be the first time the Conservatives had won a parliamentary majority since 1992. Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister to win re-election since Margaret Thatcher.

In addition to running with the Tory agenda, Cameron also vowed to counter the rise of Scottish nationalism with more powers for Scotland and Wales, saying "I want my party, and I hope a government that I would like to lead, to reclaim a mantle that we should never have lost -- the mantle of one nation, one United Kingdom."

For the left, the bloodbath only got worse as the results came in.

"It is now painfully clear that this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats," said leader Nick Clegg, who held onto his own seat but resigned as leader late Friday morning.

Almost 50 million people were registered to vote in Thursday's election, one of the most unpredictable in decades. Opinion polls during the monthlong campaign had suggested the result was too close to call.

Britain's economy -- recovering after years of turmoil that followed the 2008 financial crisis -- was at the core of many voters' concerns. The results suggest that many heeded Cameron's entreaties to back the Conservatives as the party of financial stability. Public questions at television debates made plain that many voters distrusted politicians' promises to safeguard the economy, protect the National Health Service from severe cutbacks and control the number of immigrants from eastern Europe.

British voters reacted with surprise as they awoke to the news. Polls have been showing a virtual dead heat in the race, and many expected weeks of wrangling over who would be in power.

"I thought it would be closer," said account manager Nicky Kelly-Lord, 38, who was among those startled by the result.

But some, like project manager Jonathan Heeley, 42, thought it inevitable that a country struggling to rebuild in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis would be anxious to keep the economic recovery going.

"The country's rebuilding itself and people want to stay with that," he said.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/05/08/british-prime-minister-david-cameron-on-track-for-narrow-majority-exit-poll/

I suspect one or more of our esteemed holier than thou members will be in mourning today!


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I suspect one or more of our esteemed holier than thou members will be in mourning today!

It's just more of the same. David Cameron didn't win the election, the other parties lost. There is a difference.

or denial!


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sad news for you folks on welfare and in the unions .


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I was sad to see Nigel Farage lose and then quit, he is always entertaining to watch.

I am curious what pushed people to the conservative party.. My initial gut reaction is immigration or possibly wanting to vote on leaving the EU.. NPR was talking about people choosing the austerity programs - specifically balancing the budget at the expense of social programs and not raising taxes.


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It was because people blamed the Lib Dems for going back on a promise to not raise university tuition fees (a tory policy) and because Ed Miliband wasn't a convincing leader, especially as pretty much noone liked Ed Balls.

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I suppose it might be lost on those who think the Tories are anything close to being American-style "conservatives" that the reelection of Cameron isn't exactly a win for the Tea Party.

The closest I can think of are Blue Dogs.


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I suppose it might be lost on those who think the Tories are anything close to being American-style "conservatives" that the reelection of Cameron isn't exactly a win for the Tea Party.

I don't pretend to be an expert but they were the closest thing that was a realistic option in voting right? They do share the same view of economics and priorities on fiscal budgeting..


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I watched ITV coverage on C Span.

Nobody at the start of the evening saw this coming, nowhere did I see anyone expecting a Tory majority.

I do not think it is possible for Labour to win without Scotland. It is like if the Dems lost the Black/Hispanic vote.


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I suspect one or more of our esteemed holier than thou members will be in mourning today!

Nigel Farage? I guess that means the Brits are feed up with loony right wingers then?


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More like the UK is rapidly losing Scotland and Wales on an impressive rate.


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I watched ITV coverage on C Span.

Nobody at the start of the evening saw this coming, nowhere did I see anyone expecting a Tory majority.

I do not think it is possible for Labour to win without Scotland. It is like if the Dems lost the Black/Hispanic vote.

Did people lie to pollsters? Did certain segments just not vote? Are there any reports about why they were so off?


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UKIP ended up third with more votes than Greens and Lib Dems combined.


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