Election 2015: 10 brief conclusions
After an extraordinary night, ten brief conclusions:
- The Cabinet Manual can be put away.
- The Conservatives are likely to govern alone.
- With a small majority or slight minority for David Cameron, Tory MPs will be much empowered.
- As such, Mr Cameron will need support from other parties to get business through.
- The PM will also need a better whips office to handle rebellions.
- UKIP's success with votes but failure with MPs will prompt renewed calls for electoral reform.
- Labour and the Lib Dems will probably need new leaders.
- Both parties will begin a fundamental rethink/bitter internal battle over their future direction.
- The arrival of 56 SNP MPs will transform the House of Commons and British politics.
- David Cameron and others will have to think very hard about the future of the UK after an election that has so strained the union with a Tory England set against an SNP Scotland.