|Cameron (L) won a resounding victory after his Conservative|
Party unexpectedly won a majority of seats in Parliament,
while Labour leader Miliband (R) and Liberal Democrat
leader Clegg (C) suffered defeat.
Current results (as of 5:23 EDT 5/8/2015) have the Conservatives winning 331 out of 650 seats, with the Labour winning 232 seats. The Liberal Democrats, who had been part of Cameron's earlier coalition government, suffered a massive 49 seat loss to both Conservative and Labour candidates, winning only 8 seats. The Scottish National Party (SNP), who led the charge in the failed Scottish independence referendum last year, came back in force to win nearly all the Parliamentary seats in Scotland, decimating the Labour Party in the region. Even former Labour PM Gordon Brown's seat, which he vacated after he decided to retire this year, was won by the SNP.
Both Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties respectively, resigned their leadership after their party's unexpected poor performance in the election.
The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), a right-wing party which opposes immigration and British membership in the European Union, won 12.6% of the national vote but won only one seat, as the UK uses a "first-past-the-post" system, which is the same system used in the United States, instead of proportional representation. This system allowed the SNP to win 56 seats even though it had only 4.7% of the national vote as its votes were concentrated in Scottish constituencies. The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, resigned as leader after he failed to defeat the Conservative candidate in his constituency.
The Conservatives won 36.9% of the vote, Labour 30.4%, UKIP 12.6%, Liberal Democrat 7.9%, SNP 4.7%, and the Greens (who won 1 seat) 3.8%. Smaller Irish and a small Welsh party each won seats but had less than 1% of the vote.
Center-right to right-wing parties won about 50.5% of the vote, and center-left to left-wing parties won about 40.4% of the vote. The Liberal Democrats, who were in a Conservative coalition government but lean left on some issues, which makes them difficult to categorize, won 7.9% of the vote. The remaining votes were scattered among small unelected parties.