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The polls have just closed in Britain and results are going to be pouring in soon.  The BBC interviewed 18,000 voters and has started giving exit polls showing a hung parliament, i.e., no one party will have the governing majority of 326 seats.  BBC reports that the Tories will be just shy of the majority

Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats), David Cameron (Tories), and Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Labour)

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Projected Seat Totals in the House of Commons (per the BBC)

Tories - 307 seats
Labour - 255 seats
Liberal Democrats - 59 seats
Other Parties - 29 seats

Total - 650 seats

WATCH BBC LIVE HERE.  If the link doesn't work, go to this link, select 'News (Live), and then scroll down and select 'BBC Live.'

I gotta have an editorial cartoon or two to liven things up.

Great Britain Election by Olle Johansson, Freelance Cartoonist (Sweden), Buy this cartoon

Gordon Brown Marches On by Taylor Jones,, Buy this cartoon

Strikes and Doctor Who Return to UK by Brian Adcock, The Scotland, Buy this cartoon

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This will give you a basic idea of what is at stake in the U.K.

The United Kingdom general election of 2010 which was held today, 6 May, to elect one Member of Parliament in each of the 650 constituencies to the House of Commons, the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.  The election will be more than five years after the previous election. Voting took place between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm. Local elections will also be held in some areas on that day.  The election was called on 6 April, and Parliament was dissolved  on 12 April for the ensuing campaign.

I'll update as more information is available.

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Update #1:  Live Blogs in the British Media

  1. Guardian -
  1. Daily Mirror -
  1. Daily Telegraph -
  1. Sky News -
  1. BBC Online -

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Update #2: per new projections on BBC compared to the first one.

Tories - 305 seats (minus 2)
Labour - 255 seats (same)
Liberal Democrats - 61 seats (plus 2)
Other Parties - 29 seats (same)

Total - 650 seats

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Update #3: no change to the above projections at 7:45pm EST.  The numbers in parenthesis reflect seats gained or lost over the 2005 U.K. Election.

Tories - 305 seats (+ 95)
Labour - 255 seats (- 94)
Liberal Democrats - 61 seats (- 1)
Other Parties - 29 seats (no change)

Total - 650 seats

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British Election by Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung (Austria), Buy this cartoon

Gordon Brown and His Image Problems by Brian Adcock, The Scotland, Buy this cartoon

British Poll Campaign by Paresh Nath, Khaleej Times (UAE), Buy this cartoon

I'll post more editorial cartoons if I find out they've been published somewhere.  :-)

Originally posted to JekyllnHyde on Thu May 06, 2010 at 02:20 PM PDT.


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