i. David Cameron has returned to Downing Street with the Tories having defied polls and won the general election.
ii. The Conservatives are expected to get a 37% share of the national vote, Labour 31%, UKIP 13%, the Lib Dems 8%, the SNP 5%, the Green Party 4% and Plaid Cymru 1%.
iii. Labour has been hammered in Scotland by the SNP, with Nicola Sturgeon’s party seizing 56 of the nation’s 59 seats. Jim Murphy, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander both lost their seats to the SNP.