David Cameron’s success in securing an unexpected overall majority meant that the DUP and first minister Peter Robinson’s hope that it would be “kingmaker” in dictating who is the next British prime minister was not realised. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron, fresh from winning the most extraordinary House of Commons victory in modern times, has insisted that he will(...)

Newly elected SNP member of parliament Mhairi Black greets defeated Labour MP Douglas Alexander. Photograph: Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

In the end it was swift and brutal. Douglas Alexander, the hardened career politician who had engineering Labour’s national election campaign, stood a(...)

David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street after visiting the queen. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

MARK HENNESSYLondon Editor Former British prime minister John Major once said that every general election campaign run by any political party is a sha(...)

The surprise Tory triumph makes one thing virtually certain - a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is likely to take place within the next two years.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg.

In many ways the decisive victory for the Conservative Party represented the worst possible outcome for those concerned about Britain’s future in the (...)

Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.  Mr Clegg announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats after a dismal election performance. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Election enthusiasts and social media users had barely settled into their seats on Thursday night when the arrival of exit poll projections dashed (...)

Nick Clegg resigned on Friday as leader of the Liberal Democrats after his party was crushed at the national election. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Nick Clegg has resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after disastrous results for the party in the UK general election. Speaking on Frida(...)

Nick Clegg has resigned as Liberal Democrat leader after a disastrous result for the party in the UK general election. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/Getty Images.

Nick Clegg has resigned as Liberal Democrat leader after a disastrous result for the party in the UK general election.Speaking on Friday morning, Mr C(...)

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(...)

 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.

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(...)