SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count declarations. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ruadhán Mac Cormaicin Edinburgh The Scottish National Party has redrawn the political map of Britain with a landslide victory that all but wiped out L(...)

530 - The number of votes Tom Elliott had to spare over Michelle Gildernew in Fermanagh-South Tyrone.

48 – Number of minutes after polls closed before the first result was declared, in Houghton & Sunderland South.81.9 – The highest per cent turnout(...)

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates in Glasgow as her party secured 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland. Photograph: Getty 1:45

The Scottish National Party is on course for a historic landslide after a spectacular surge for Nicola Sturgeon’s party all but wiped out Labour north(...)

 David Cameron’s car arrives at Buckingham Palace on Friday where he  will meet  Queen Elizabeth II to confirm his second term as prime minister.Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images. 1:40

Greeting the dawn, even Boris Johnson seemed, for once, lost for words, declaring that the Conservatives, by then on the verge of winning a House of C(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg during his acceptance speech following his re-election in Sheffield Hallam. The Liberal Democrats are facing up to the results of a ‘painful’ election night.  Photograph:  EPA/Nigel Roddis

The scale of the electoral drubbing inflicted on the Liberal Democrats was becoming clear after what leader Nick Clegg dubbed a “painful” night for th(...)

Ballot papers for the Belfast West constituency are sorted by counting staff at the counting centre at the Kings Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Thursday during the British general election. Photograph: Getty

British prime minister David Cameron was on track to secure an astonishing electoral triumph according to a shock exit poll that predicted the Conserv(...)

British prime minister David  Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major’s surprise victory in 1992. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images 1:40

British prime minister David Cameron won a stunning election victory on Friday, confounding forecasts that the vote would be the closest in decades an(...)

Conservative MP Iain Duncan-Smith is greeted by Labour’s Diane Abbott on the election campaign trail. A document written in Duncan-Smith’s department said child benefit should be denied to 16- to 19-year-olds, a £1,000 loss for parents of a single child. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Elections often produce noise, rather than light, leaving behind controversies which are unintelligible to audiences looking back years later.Even by (...)

Nicola Sturgeon on a helicopter leaving a hotel in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon has begun a whistle-stop tour of a dozen target constituencies across Scotland as the final weekend of election campaigning approaches(...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Labour leader David Miliband “can say what he likes now [about a deal post election], but he’ll have to wake up and smell the coffee on May 8th”. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Claims that the Scottish National Party holding the balance of power after next week’s UK general election would cause a constitutional crisis are “a(...)