The year UK politics changed for ever
In May 2015 the UK political landscape changed
- The Conservatives formed a majority government with a vote of 36.9%, an increase of 0.8%
- Labour also increased its vote by 1.5% to 30.4%
- mainly at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, whose share of the total vote fell by 7.9% to 15.2%
The biggest change, however, was in Scotland, where
- the Scottish National Party (SNP) saw a 30.1% swing, gaining all but three of the 59 seats
- Scottish Labour, the Liberal Democrats (1) and the Scottish Conservatives (sic.) each gained one seat, albeit with vastly decreased majorities.
A better way of looking at the post-May2015 landscape was posted by Alex McLaughlan on Twitter and is seen at the top of this page. (Of course the map only shows Britain and not Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man.)
(1) At the time of writing, Alistair Carmichael, the holder of the sole Liberal Democrat seat of Orkney and Shetland is in court. It is alleged that Carmichael breached Section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, which outlaws false statements in relation to the "personal character or conduct" of a candidate.