The headlines after the U.K. elections. Photo: Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images The British election results are in and Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party have emerged with a clear majority in Parliament. And while Cameron spent today assuring Britons that he would lead a united country, leaders of three of the U.K.’s six major political parties had all resigned within the space of a single hour. Cameron’s chief opponent Ed Miliband stepped down after his Labour Party was utterly decimated, even though pre-election polling had near-unanimously predicted the opposite. The Liberal Democrats did even worse than Labour — claiming only 8 seats after winning 57 in 2010 — so down too went their leader, Nick Clegg. Lastly, the controversial head of the conservative U.K. Independence Party, or UKIP, Nigel Farage, also gave up control after losing his own seat. The only other party to do well was the Scottish National Party, which won essentially all of Scotland in a landslide. Moving forward, half the political parties in England are left scrambling for new leadership and strategies, Scotland is flexing its political independence, and Cameron is left to deal with several enormous challenges amid an increasingly fractious country. Looking at the commentary across the Atlantic, one thing most seem to agree on is how this is one of the… Read full this story
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