Conservatives win British election but no clear majority: polls

7th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The opposition Conservatives led by David Cameron have won Britain's general election but without a clear majority, exit polls said Thursday, indicating there would be a hung parliament.

The Conservatives had 307 seats, 19 short of an overall majority of 326, Labour had 255 and the Liberal Democrats 59, an exit poll compiled by British broadcasters suggested as polling stations closed.

If the results are translated into final results, it could leave the Liberal Democrats led by Nick Clegg as kingmakers in a power-sharing deal.

Michael Gove, the Conservative education spokesman and one of party leader David Cameron's closest allies, told the BBC it was too early to tell what the final results would be.

"I certainly think that on the basis of what we have seen so far, there's been a rejection of Gordon Brown and an embrace of the alternative arguments that have been put forward by David Cameron and my colleagues," he said.

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman added that the polls had only just closed, added: "I think it will be clear that there's a genuine feeling that we need to change the voting system."

© 2010 AFP

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