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The United Kingdom general election of 2015 was held on May 7 2015. Voters in 650 constituencies (also known as seats) elected 1 Member of Parliament (MP) to represent them in the House of Commons under the First-past-the-post system. Once again, there was another hung parliament where no party was able to win the 326 seats needed for a majority.
In the 2010 general election the centre-right Conservative Party, led by David Cameron, formed a coalition government with the centrist Nick Clegg led-Liberal Democrats, under several conditions published in an agreement. In 2011 Clegg then announced the Fixed-Term parliaments bill in order that the coalition would last the full 5 years outlined in the agreement. This became law in September 2011 and the next election date was announced for May 7 2015.
Ed Miliband led Labour to victory but was 5 seats short for a majority. The Conservatives lost many of their gains in marginal constituencies and the right-wing UKIP was blamed for splitting the vote. The Liberal Democrats were wiped out and many prominent members of the party, such as Chairman Tim Farron, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce as well as Nick Clegg, all lost their seats. UKIP were able to substantially increase their share of the popular vote but the First-past-the-post system meant that this did not translate into any seats. A Labour minority government was then formed a week later, as the Liberal Democrats declined to participate in a second coalition.