Prime Minster David Cameron and his Conservative party have won the general election 2015 by a small but outright majority defying predictions of a hung parliament.
The election results saw the Conservatives win a 37% share of the national vote, Labour 31%, UKIP 13%, the Liberal Democrats 8%, the Scottish National Party 5%, the Green Party 4% and Plaid Cymru 1%.
Cameron said a majority vote would enable him to keep all the promises in the Party manifesto, which focused on building a strong economy that would, in turn, support the NHS.
His pre election promises on the NHS included a plan to create seven-day access to GPs and changing the opening hours to 8am until 8pm. They also promised to train 5,000 more GPs.
The Conservatives also support personal care plans and have said they will focus on dementia with the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020, following on from an existing campaign launched in March 2012. Cameron’s party also pledged to crack down on health tourism, by restricting immigrant access to health care.
Cameron gave a euphoric speech on May 8 at Conservative headquarters calling the election result “the sweetest victory”. secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, also kept his seat in Surrey, South West with 34,199 (60%) of the votes.
The polls and experts predicted a hung parliament leaving many to speculate as to what kind of coalition may be formed following the election.
However the Conservative victory saw the leaders of three opposition parties, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP, stand down the day following the election, May 8.
Ed Miliband used social media network Twitter to state that the responsibility for defeat was his alone and then stepped down as leader of the Labour Party.
“It has clearly been a very disappointing and difficult night for the party – we haven’t made the gains we wanted in England and Wales, and in Scotland we’ve seen a surge of nationalism overwhelm our party,” he said after retaining his Doncaster North seat.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg resigned before midday stating that the results were the “most crushing blow to the Liberal Democrats” since the party was founded, and that “this is a very dark hour for our party but we cannot and will not allow decent liberal values to be extinguished overnight.” He claimed responsibility for the Lib Dem collapse and said it is the price he paid for making the decision to go into government.
The Scottish National Party won 56 out of 59 seats in Scotland, and Theresa Fyffe, director of RCN Scotland, said: “We are delighted with the level of engagement our members in Scotland showed in the general election campaign, via our Nursing Counts campaign. Now that the results are in for Scotland we will continue to put pressure on the Scottish Government – which has responsibility for the NHS and for health policy in Scotland – to come up with a sustainable plan for our health services and ensure we have enough nurses, with the right skills, working in the right places to meet ever-growing patient demand.”
Nigel Farage, party leader of UKIP, lost his seat in South Thanet to the Conservatives, and said he had “never felt happier” after this result, and that an “enormous weight” had been lifted from his shoulders. He kept his promise to resign following the defeat.
Caroline Lucas, of the Green Party, who became the party’s first MP in 2010, held her seat in Brighton Pavilion with 22,871 votes, ahead of Labour’s Purna Sen who had 14,904 votes. She described the election campaign as the “most successful” ever for the Greens.
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