May 6th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

UK exit polls: Labour government likely finished

David Cameron's Conservative party will take the largest number of seats in British elections for the House of Commons, probably ending 13 years of Labour government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, exit polls predicted Thursday.
The Conservatives are projected to win 307 seats in the 650-seat chamber - 19 short of a majority.

Labour is predicted to take 255 seats, and the Liberal Democrats 59.

The results are only preliminary. Votes will be counted by hand across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through the night, and official results should be known by Friday.

The leader of the largest party traditionally gets the first chance to form a government and become prime minister.

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  1. Larry Crow

    Re: BP oil spill
    Any Texan knows that BP has a terrible reputation for safety, ie the 2005 refinery explosion in Texas City. It was widely known that the previous CEO of BP sacrificed safety, which costs money, to increase the stock price. Several people lost their lives in that incident.
    After this latest incident, I feel that BP cannot be trusted to be responsible , and should be banned from operating in the U.S.

    May 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry Crow

    I applaud Arizona for focusing President Obama's attention on the immigration issue. Isn't it interesting how a progressive state can force the federal government to ove on an important issue ignored by several past administrations!

    May 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Erik

    No no no! Traditionally the governing party gets the first chance to form a coalition in the event of a hung Parliament, ot the party with the most seats... Why is CNN always so sloppy?

    May 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |