news Friday, May 08, 2015 - 05:30

British Prime Minister David Cameron is getting ready to retain his post for another term as the county's Conservative Party gained a clear majority in the UK elections.

The BBC had earlier projected 329 seats for the Conservatives. A party needs to win at least 326 of all 650 seats in the House of Commons to form a majority government.

"My aim remains simple - to govern on the basis of governing for everyone in our United Kingdom," Cameron had said during his victory speech after being returned as MP for Witney county constituency in Oxfordshire.

"I want to bring our country together, our United Kingdom together, not least by implementing as fast as we can the devolution that we rightly promised and came together with other parties to agree both for Wales and for Scotland," he added.

Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party (SNP) recorded a historic landslide general election victory in Scotland, winning 56 out of 59 seats. The three seats to slip out of the SNP's grasp were taken one each by the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

The result means that the SNP has made a clean sweep - 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.

Liberal Democrats party leader Nick Clegg who quit his post, follwoing his party's loss, said it was a "cruel and punishing night" as the party held only eight seats and lost 44 in the elections. Three cabinet ministers - Energy Secretary Ed Davey, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander - were among nearly 40 party MPs to lose their seats.

Other senior party memebers to be toppled are Schools Secretary David Laws, former party leader Charles Kennedy and former deputy leader Simon Hughes.

Three party leaders Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg & Nigel Farage all resigned within an hour of their respective party's losses.

"In short, I want my party, and I hope a government I would like to lead, to reclaim a mantle that we should never have lost - the mantle of One Nation, One United Kingdom," the prime minister added.

British tweeters meanwhile took to the social networking site to express their reactions, portraying the country's well known sense of humour.

The few Indians who were not following the Salman verdict joined in too.

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