The Conservative Party swept to power on 8 May 2015, in Britain’s parliamentary elections, winning an unexpected majority that returned Prime Minister David Cameron to 10 Downing Street in a stronger position than before.
Mr Cameron promised to govern as the party of “one nation, one United Kingdom,” bringing the election to a much-quicker-than-expected conclusion. Polls ahead of Election Day had shown Conservatives locked in a tight race with the opposition Labour Party, raising the possibility of days or weeks of negotiations to form a government.
Labour party took a beating, mostly from energized Scottish nationalists who pulled off a landslide in Scotland. Labour was routed in Scotland by the Scottish National Party, which took almost all of the 59 seats. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said that the vote represented “a clear voice for an end to austerity, better public services and more progressive politics at Westminster.”
With the Conservatives winning an outright majority in the 650-seat House of Commons, the election result looked to be far better for him than the party had foreseen. With 643 constituencies counted, the Conservatives had 330 seats to Labour’s 232.
Cameron’s coalition partner, the Liberal Democrat party, faced electoral disaster, losing most of its seats as punishment for supporting a Conservative-led agenda since 2010.
Mr Cameron is the second Prime Minister to win a second term since Margaret Thatcher. He vowed to counter the rise of Scottish nationalism with more powers for Scotland and Wales.
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.