Britons Flock to the Polls
by Charles Lemos, Thu May 06, 2010 at 05:29:00 PM EDT
Like starlings on the Ot Moor, Britons have flocked to the polls to elect a new Parliament. Early exit polls point to a Tory plurality but a hung parliament according to a BBC/ITV News/Sky News exit poll.
The poll gives the Tories 307 seats, Labour 255 and the Lib Dems 59. The results, if accurate, will leave the Conservatives 19 seats short of the majority. For all the noise the Liberal Democrats seemed to have garnered during the campaign, this poll predicts a loss of three seats for Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems.
Updates as we hear them. An all things British open thread.
Here's a live real-time feed from the BBC:
Update (10PM EDT): Current projections: Conservatives 305, Labour 255, Liberal Democrats 61. So 120 races have been decided. The Tories have gained 12 constituencies, Labour have lost 11 and the Liberal Democrats have lost one. According to the BBC, so far there has been a swing from Labour to the Tories of 4.1 percent in terms of the popular vote. If there is a surprise, it is the poor electoral showing for the Lib Dems.
Should these results hold then per British custom, Queen Elizabeth, the British head of state, will ask Gordon Brown to form a government. According to the BBC, David Cameron, the Tory leader, will not challenge Gordon Brown's right to try to form a government.