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United Kingdom general election, 2015
All 650 seats in the House of Commons

326 seats needed for a majority

7 May 2015
Turnout 66.1%
First party Second party Third party
DavidCameron Ed Miliband NicolaSturgeon
Leader David Cameron Ed Miliband Nicola Sturgeon
Party Conservative Party Labour SNP
Leader since 6 December 2005 25 September 2010 14 November 2014
Leader's seat Witney Doncaster North Did not stand
Last election 306 256 6
Seats after 331 232 56
Seat change Increase 25 Decrease 26 Increase 50
Fourth party
Leader Nick Clegg
Party Liberal Democrats (UK)

Leader since 18 December 2007
Leader's seat Sheffield Hallam
Last election 56
Seats after 8
Seat change Decrease 48
Prime Minister before election
David Cameron
Subsequent Prime Minister
David Cameron

The 2015 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday, 7 May 2015 to elect 650 members to the British House of Commons. The Conservative Party captured the majority in one of the biggest upsets in U.K. history.

Many were shocked by the results of the elections, as the Tories had consistently trailed Labour in opinion polls all the way up to election day. Some attributed the upset to the gradual GDP growth of the U.K. since the Tories took power in 2010. While some believed that SNP's blowout over Labour in Scotland had greatly affected the outcome. Others pointed to the defection of Labour voters to UKIP, as the majority had previously believed the Conservatives would suffer from the fourth party's rise.

The Labour Party was demoralized, while the LibDems were driven into near extinction. UKIP lost one seat, despite predictions that they would become the recognized fourth party of the U.K.

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg both stepped down following the elections, shamed by their parties' poor performances.

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