The Greens The Big Winners in Britain
by Charles Lemos, Fri May 07, 2010 at 07:18:26 AM EDT
Despite winning just one seat, it seems the British Green Party might be the big winner in the UK general election. Perhaps that's a stretch but they, at least, have something to celebrate as the Green Party in Britain elected its first MP from a constituency in Brighton Pavilion. The victory in Brighton ends Britain's status as the only major European country never to elect a Green MP.
Otherwise for Britain's other parties, the May 6th general election likely left them wanting. The 2010 general election has resulted in a hung parliament with the Conservatives winning the most seats with 294 overall, but that's still short of the 326 needed for a majority. Labour won 251, while the Liberal Democrats fared poorly winning just 52 seats. Six other minor regional parties have between them 26 seats in the new Parliament. It was bad night for independents as well with just one independent MP retaining her seat. With just 28 races remaining undecided, mathematically no party can secure a majority in its own right. A coalition government now looms in Britain for the first time since the 1970s.
As the dust settles, this election is likely to leave the three major parties on the dissatisfied side. Despite gaining at least 93 seats for the Conservatives, Tory leader David Cameron failed to secure a governing majority for his party; Prime Minister Gordon Brown leading Labour into a general election for the first time saw 88 seats vanish under his hapless watch; while Nick Clegg, despite a robust performance in Britain's first ever debates, saw his Liberal Democrats actually lose five seats including a high profile one in Wales.
The Guardian has more on what happens next but constitutionally speaking Gordon Brown remains Prime Minister until another party can prove that it has the confidence of Parliament by mustering sufficient votes to ensure passage of legislation.