Cameron Holds On To Power, As Opposition Leaders Quit
BRITISH Prime Minister, David Cameron hung tightly to the keys of 10, Downing Street after his Conservative Party defied the opinion polls predicting a hung parliament, by surpassing the 325 seats needed to form a majority government in the House of Commons.
The Conservatives won 331 seats out of the entire 650 available nationwide.
Had Cameron’s party won 325 or less as the polls predicted, the PM’s party would have needed an alliance with any of the smaller parties to form a majority government.
Unlike in 2010 when there was a hung parliament and it took days to do a deal with another party, Liberal Democrats to form a Coalition government, Cameron has all the aces by virtue of his party securing more than the required number of seats to have a majority in the House of Commons.
But it was a day of calamities for the two main opposition parties, Labour and the Liberal Democrats (Lib-Dems). Not only did each lose over 40 seats, the leaders of both parties, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, resigned from their positions just after lunchtime yesterday.
It was also a dark day for UKIP, as they too performed woefully at the polls.
Their leader, Nigel Farage, also left his post, after failing to convince voters in his own backyard. He lost the seat to the Conservatives.
Meanwhile, all four British-Nigerians who contested for the two main parties made it to the House of Commons. Trade Unionist, Kate Osamor, will make her debut at Westminster, as she won the Edmonton seat comfortably for Labour with 25,388 votes, leaving the Tories (Consevative’s) Gonul Daniels, trailing far behind at second place with just 9, 969 votes.
Electrical engineer turned politician, Chi Onwurah MP (Member of Parliament) also secured her Newcastle Central seat for Labour. She announced her convincing victory on her Twitter handle, saying: “Thank you Newcastle Central for re-electing me with an increased majority and 55% of the vote. I promise to work for each and every one of you”.
Helen Grant, MP, also retained her Maidstone and The Weald seat for the Conservatives in Kent, with 22,745 (45%) of the votes, beating Lib-Dem’s Jasper Gerard to second place.
Gerard got just 12,036 votes (24%). The 54-year-old, whose mother is English but with a Nigerian father, also took to Twitter to thank her constituents, saying: “So proud to be re-elected as MP for Maidstone and the Weald, thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve this great constituency again.”
Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, MP, also had no problem fending off pretenders to his seat at Streatham in South East London. The 36-year-old made a winning return to Westminster with 53% of the votes (26,474), leaving the Conservatives and Lib-Dem duo of Kim Caddy and Amna Ahmad to settle for 25% (12,540) and 9%(4,491) respectively.
Umunna, who made his debut as an MP in 2010, thanked his supporters after the results were announced in the early hours yesterday. He said: “It’s been an immense privilege and honour to be re-elected to do the job that I love doing for the community that I grew up in and I have never taken anybody’s support for granted.”
He added: “I think some of the results we’ve seen today, but also in the elections we’ve had over the last few years, show that nobody can be entitled to anybody’s support and I’ve fought this election in the same way in many respects that I fought the last election, earning people’s support and earning people’s votes again and I feel deeply humbled that they’ve put their trust in me again; deeply humbled”.