The UK election results 2010 were expected to be messy. As such, the 2010 UK election results followed according to plan. The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties could not win a clear majority and now must make a lot of deals to form a working government. Prime Minister Gordon Brown may be one of the first casualties of this new order, although if he remains in charge, it will be in a much weaker position. No matter what, the UK election results are putting Britain in uncharted territory, at least for this generation.
Britain’s parliamentary system is much more complex than in America, although it is usually an orderly process. The Conservative/Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties fight for a majority of Parliament, and if one party gets it, they fill out the top government positions, including prime minister. Since 1974, one party has gotten a majority of over 326 seats, but that is not the case this time.
The UK election results 2010 aren’t finished yet, but a hung Parliament looks assured. The Tories gained the most seats, reflecting the declining status of Brown and his Labour party. However, the Tories are only up to 307 seats, according to the Guardian, and will not get majority rule. Yet they have more than the Labour party, which is down to 255 seats after suffering major losses.
The Liberal Democrats also lost out in the UK election results 2010, as the third party was expected to make a bigger breakthrough. Yet in spite of Nick Clegg’s debate performances, the Lib Dems lost 6 seats, and only have 55 in Parliament. However, due to the hung Parliament, Clegg can help form a new coalition, most likely with David Cameron.
Brown’s status as prime minister looks questionable, as Torie leader Cameron is now favored to take over the job. For the moment, Brown hopes that a coalition government will form to break the stalemate and will allow him to keep his position. The prime minister and his sitting party usually form the new government, but since the Tories now have the most seats, they can push for it – although they don’t have a sitting majority.
The UK election results 2010 are the first time this crisis has come about since 1974. To solve it, at least two of the parties need to join forces, though it’s unclear whether this would let Brown stay as prime minister or not. But given the blows to the Labour party, Brown is not in a position to make many demands. For now, Cameron and Clegg may have the first chance to settle this matter.
Although the actual election is largely over, the UK election results may be a long way from settled, now that the real race has begun.
The Guardian- “UK election results: Clegg and Cameron have first shot at forming coalition, says Brown”
UK Today News- “Parliament Hung For The First Time In Decades”