After years of sharing energy, David Cameron pulled off an sudden election triumph that gave the Conservative prime minister a second time period with an outright majority Friday and dealt a stinging defeat to his three fundamental rivals.
Standing earlier than the glistening black door of 10 Downing Road, Cameron pledged to control because the get together of “one nation, one United Kingdom.” However he faces a fractured Britain — divided by wealthy and poor, by separatist positive factors in Scotland and by doubts over its place within the European Union.
The election ushers in a brand new period in British politics, with veteran lawmakers ousted by a public that made clear it had misplaced belief in its political leaders. The victors included a 20-year-old Scottish nationalist who beat out a senior Labour Social gathering chief in Scotland.
It was additionally sudden. Polls had predicted a lifeless warmth — a outcome that might have meant days of haggling to kind a brand new authorities. Queen Elizabeth II was out of city at her fort in Windsor, and wanted to hurry again to London for the standard assembly at Buckingham Palace through which the victor presents to kind a authorities.
By the point Cameron met the monarch all three of his main rivals had resigned: Ed Miliband of the Labour Social gathering, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats and Nigel Farage of the U.Ok. Independence Social gathering.
For the losers, Cameron supplied sympathy. “Elections could be bruising clashes of concepts and arguments, and lots of people who imagine profoundly in public service have seen that service lower quick,” he mentioned.