It was billed as the closest election in a generation. The polls repeatedly showed Labour and the Conservatives neck and neck. Then there were the unknown entities; what impact would the SNP have? And what about UKIP? It was widely thought that there would be another hung parliament and days, maybe weeks of long and drawn out negotiations.
As the dust settles on the 2015 General Election, the Conservatives under David Cameron have secured an overall majority and will form the next Government. The BBC’s exit poll gave an early indication of what might happen forecasting 316 seats for the Conservatives and 239 for Labour with the SNP taking 58 and the Liberal Democrats just 10 seats. As the night progressed the exit poll was proved broadly correct with the Liberal Democrats and Labour Party losing seats across the country.
It was a long and at times emotional night for winners and losers with familiar faces in all the main parties losing their seats. In Scotland, the losses were by far greatest for Labour as 56 SNP MPs were elected likened by the newly elected Alex Salmond MP, to a lion roaring across Scotland. Labour were left with just a solitary seat in Scotland as were the Lib Dems while the Conservatives held on to their one MP. It is now thought the tricky question of ‘Scotland’ will dominate the next parliamentary term.
The final results look like this: Conservatives 330 seats (majority of 12), Labour 232, SNP 56, Liberal Democrats 8, DUP 8, other parties (including the other Northern Ireland parties, UKIP, Greens, and Plaid Cymru) have 15 seats. Full results including details of your own constituency’s poll can be found on the BBC website.
The fallout has already begun. Miliband, Clegg and Farage have all resigned. Clegg left saying the result was the worst in his party’s history. Miliband said the cause he fought for would remain his cause and he said he would continue to fight for the values he believed in.
Now the election has been decided, what about our own response? It is vital that we uphold our new government in prayer. Whoever you voted for, we are told in 2 Timothy to pray for those in authority over us. There are many challenges ahead and those who govern our country will need wisdom to navigate the various challenges that will arise.
We can also give thanks for free and fair elections. We should never take such blessings for granted.
Another election is over and we have a new government. Now we must carry on engaging and building relationships as we move ahead over the next few years.