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Man, what a Tory sweep in South East England minus London.

Tory	36% 272 (+86)
Labour	29% 227 (-79)
Lib Dem  23% 48 (-7)
SNP	      6 (-)
Plaid	      3 (+1)
Other	     18 (-1)

Swing: 5.2% Lab to Con.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:17:52 AM EST
The LD just picked one seat from each of the other two parties.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:18:58 AM EST
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Talking heads at BBC made the point if it was only England to consider the Conservatives would have won handily.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:26:11 AM EST
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The Tory talking heads should be careful, for they might break the UK.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:28:02 AM EST
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For the last 4 hours they've been jumping up and down screaming they have the moral right to form a government and Brown "after this <insert your favorite superlative> defeat" shouldn't be allowed to form a government and the expected blah-blah & spin.

From this side of the Atlantic it's all been quite amusing.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:38:54 AM EST
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Pirrhic?

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:42:21 AM EST
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How many marginal conservative victories did we have in the last decade, which were followed by their radical mandate utilization, with the "left" opposition not even willing to actually oppose?
by das monde on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 03:51:15 AM EST
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Mostly the rural vote, though:



The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:30:36 AM EST
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It looks like LibDems are getting 1% more votes, but loosing 6 seats. With 22.8% of votes, they are getting just 8.5% of seats?!

Joys of the electoral system and strategic voting...

by das monde on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:38:59 AM EST
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To have a chance of winning a seat with 23% of the vote you need either a 4-way race or a 3-seat constituency.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 04:23:02 AM EST
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                                        Thousand votes per seat
UK    Con    10,168,583    298    34.12
          Lab    8,236,191    248    33.21
         LD    6,435,621    51    126.19

England    Con    9,383,859    282    33.28
                Lab    6,679,336    181    36.90
                  LD    5,689,278    38    149.72


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 05:58:15 AM EST
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The first point is, Libdems are getting less with more votes. Their "performance" now might be quite an extreme example. It will be interesting to see the distribution (including variation) of winning percentages for each party. Labour is getting 29%, but almost 3 times more seats.
by das monde on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 06:01:24 AM EST
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BBC: UK set for hung Parliament with Tories largest party
The BBC projection suggests David Cameron's Conservatives will have 306 seats. If there are 10 Unionists elected in Northern Ireland then Mr Cameron might be able to command 316 - probably still slightly too few for him to be sure of winning a Queen's Speech.

But Labour and the Lib Dems together would have 317 seats, according to the BBC figures, which even with three SDLP MPs would still leave them at 320 - again probably just a few votes short.

...

With most results in, the Lib Dem vote is up 0.9% on 2005, Labour down 6.5% and the Conservatives up 4%.



The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 02:40:01 AM EST
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From the BBC:
UK	  CON 36.1% LAB  29.2% LD 22.9% Others 11.8% 
England   CON 39.7% LAB  28.2% LD 24.1% UKIP 3.4%
London	  CON 36.0% LAB  35.7% LD 22.0% UKIP 1.9%  
Wales	  CON 26.1% LAB  36.2% LD 20.1% PC 11.3%
Scotland  CON 16.6% LAB  42.4% LD 18.6% SNP 19.9%
N Ireland DUP 26.8% SDLP 17.1%		SF 24.0% UCU 16.3% 


The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 7th, 2010 at 04:44:11 AM EST
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