UK: Exit polls show Cameron with big lead; he’ll still need coalition for majority

UK: Exit polls show Cameron with big lead; he’ll still need coalition for majority

[Ed. – Polls show UKIP with 2 seats, Scot Nats with 58.]

The Conservatives will be the largest party after the General Election, according to an exit poll carried out for the major broadcasters.

The poll put the Conservatives on 316 seats, Labour on 239, the Scottish National Party on 58, the Liberal Democrats on 10 and UKIP on two.

The parties are trying to get 326 seats to command a majority.

And if the election result mirrors that of the exit poll, David Cameron will be just 10 seats short – the number predicted to be won by the Lib Dems.

Former cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell told Sky News: “If the exit poll turns out to be correct, then I think we’re looking at a scenario where David Cameron remains as Prime Minister…

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“[Cameron could] carry on with coalition, Coalition 2.0 as we call it in the trade, but it will be a different form of coalition because the Lib Dems will be much, much smaller, so would have fewer ministers. Or he could decide to go on as [head of] a minority government.”

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