Friday, May 06, 2005

A brief round-up

I do intend some more detailed posts over the next few days, but now that it is almost over bar the shouting (some Northern Ireland seats still coming in, and it looks like 2 English seats are not yet declared). Labour have a reduced majority, the Tories and the Lib Dems did some horse-trading to the Tories' net gain, and there was a lot of regional variation. The Scottish Nationalists did well, but Plaid Cymru were disappointing. And a total of 3 independent MPs are elected to Westminster, something that probably has not happened since the first decades of the 20th century. The Ulster Unionists in Northern Ireland seem to be doing badly, the Democratic Unionists are doing well.

In the local elections it is looking like the Tories have picked up some more of their traditional shires, but about a third of Councils are yet to declare.

Overall a national swing of about 3% to the Tories, and the Labour government has broken the record for having the lowest share of the vote yet still able to form a majority.

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