For the first time since Margaret Thatcher won re-election in 1983, a Conservative Prime Minister has been returned to the top leadership post in Great Britain in what analysts are calling a shocking landslide victory. British PM David Cameron and his Tory Party have scored a resounding victory that left Conservatives with an outright majority in the House of Commons, meaning there’s no need for Cameron to form a coalition government.
Fox News reports that “Cameron and the Tories left opponents on the right and left in tatters,” with the Labour Party losing some two dozen seats in Parliament. Liberal Democrats were stunned by a loss of 49 seats, leaving them with only 8 seats in Great Britain’s governing body. With their clear victory and dominant position in Parliament, the Conservatives, as Fox News notes, now have “a mandate to implement the party’s full agenda of cutting government, entitlements and taxes.”
Cameron’s solid victory has implications for the future of both the NATO alliance and the European Union. It will also likely impact thorny issues concerning a move toward nationalism in the United Kingdom, as The Daily Mail observes:
“Mr Cameron made clear he was determined not to allow the rising tide of nationalism to lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom, saying: ‘I want to bring our country together, our United Kingdom together, not least by implementing as fast as we can the devolution that we rightly promised and came together with other parties to agree both for Wales and for Scotland.”
In its coverage of the stunning victory for the Conservatives, The New York Times reports on the failure of pre-election polling to predict the extent of the victory for Prime Minister David Cameron.
“The result was something of a shock to a nation that had been conditioned by months of polls suggesting a near tie between the Conservatives and Labour to expect days or weeks of negotiations following Election Day, in which the two parties would have to cobble together a viable coalition.”
Cameron went to Buckingham Palace on Friday to inform Queen Elizabeth II that the elections had given him enough support to form a government.