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  1. Updates from Thursday 7 May and Friday 8 May

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Sitala Peek

BBC News

That's it for our extended London Live election coverage which has been running since 22:00 last night. Thanks for your company.

Results for London

You can still follow the latest updates and reaction with

Eddie Nestor's election special Drivetime show on BBC London 94.9.
BBC London News will have a round-up at 18:30 and after the main news at 22:00 on BBC One.

And you can catch up with all the results and reactions here:

London Live will be back on Monday at 08:00. Have a great weekend.

Could we be seeing more of George?

Sitala Peek

BBC News

We might see more of George Galloway, too, who lost his seat in Bradford West but said he would stand as mayor of London in 2016.

George Galloway
Getty Images

He could also stand as a candidate in next month's Tower Hamlets mayoral election, but only if he is cleared of

breaking election laws by allegedly retweeting an exit poll before voting ended in the General Election last night.

All change

Sitala Peek

BBC News

To recap, there will be no more of this:

Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron stand silently during the VE Day two minute's silence at the Cenotaph

Ed Miliband has resigned as Labour Party leader and
Nick Clegg has resigned his position as Liberal Democrats leader.

And five years of:

David Cameron

David Cameron has led the Conservative party to victory and secured a majority Conservative government with 331 seats.

Nigel Farage

And there will be less of Nigel Farage, who has also

resigned his position as a party leader.

Election special

BBC London News

On tonight's programme on BBC One at 18:30 we will be overlooking the Houses of Parliament on what's turned into a devastating day for the Liberal Democrats, all but wiped out here in the capital.

And while nationally the Tories dominate, in London it's Labour who stole the lead. Our Political Correspondent Karl Mercer will be looking back on a night of drama.

First Past The Post vs Proportional Representation

Sitala Peek

BBC News


Electoral Reform Society says it has calculated how many votes it took to elect an MP on average per party, and this was
the result:

SNP 26k, Con 34k Lab 40k, Lib Dem 291k, Green 1.1m UKIP 3.8m

Or, if you prefer, Channel 4 Fact Check has

produced this image of how many seats parties may have won under PR:

Graphic of seats distribution
Channel 4 Fact Check

Both the Green Party and UKIP are calling for PR, the

Yorkshire Post says.

BBC Newsbeat puts it another way:

Newsbeat graphic of seat and votes ratio
BBC Newsbeat

'Of course it hurts' says ousted Simon Hughes

BBC London 94.9

Former Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes spoke to

Eddie Nestor earlier on BBC London 94.9.

Simon Hughes interviewed by BBC London 94.9
He might not be an MP any longer but he is in demand

He said: "Of course it hurts [losing]. It hurts because I know it's not just me. I was the standard bearer for so many members, so many volunteers, so many councillors over the years, so many local party officers.

"We had 17,000 people voting for us, we didn't have our lowest vote ever, our vote generally held up but we were overtaken."

Video: Boris Johnson could start political ascent

Boris Johnson's election victory has encouraged speculation that this could be the

start of his political ascent.

Boris Johnson wins the Uxbridge and Ruislip South seat

After wining the

Uxbridge and Ruislip South seat, the London mayor could have a senior ministerial position.

BBC London's Gareth Furby assesses his campaign and considers his future position within the Conservative Party.

No prizes for third place

Sitala Peek

BBC News

The Green Party says it is celebrating a "bitter-sweet" result, after the first-past-the-post system failed to deliver any Green MPs for London despite its vote share tripling.

Natalie Bennett

Under a proportional system the party believes it could have secured three or four seats in London; in Holborn and St Pancras (where party leader Natalie Bennett polled in third place with a 10% swing for her party), in Hackney North and Stoke Newington where Heather Finlay saw a 10% swing take the Greens and in Camberwell and Peckham where the Green candidate Amelia Womack came third.

Tom Chance, co-chair of the London Green Party, said it was "grossly unfair" and added: "Votes should mean seats."

Where will they put the new runway?

Sitala Peek

BBC News

The coalition government had ruled out airport expansion but with a Conservative majority Tory MPs will now be free to decide where to place a new runway in the south east.

Airport view
Getty Images

A Supreme Court ruling requires an EU air quality assessment plan to be made and any decision will be delayed by a few weeks because the

Airports Commission says it needs time to consult on air quality at the three sites it has identified.

How did pollsters get it so wrong?

David Cowling

Editor, BBC Political Research Unit

I monitored 91 GB-wide voting intention polls during the 2015 election campaign and

found nothing in them to prepare me for the final outcome.

The majority of them were so close that they were within the margin of error. At one stage it seemed there might be a difference between methodologies - telephone versus internet, with telephone polls suggesting stronger Conservative leads than those conducted online.

However, in the final polls before election day itself these differences seemed to disappear as the

BBC's poll tracker below demonstrates:

Did you know?

Tulip Siddiq, who won the

Hampstead & Kilburn seat for Labour, is the niece of the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

'The East End desperately needs the Labour Party'

East London Advertiser

Labour has little to smile about, but London may offer it some hope.

Rushnara Ali

The party has taken

45 of the 73 Parliamentary seats available in London.

Labour's Rushanara Ali won a seat in Bethal Green and Bow and told the

East London Advertiser : "I have fought so hard for a Labour government which the east end desperately needs."

'We couldn't influence election outcome'

Rebecca Keating

BBC News

Russell Brand says he thought he could "influence the outcome of an election" when he interview Ed Miliband.

Still from Ed Miliband's interview with comedian Russell Brand
Russell Brand/YouTube

Mr Brand, who had previously urged people not to vote, endorsed Labour after posting a video of his interview with Mr Miliband, in his east London home, on his blog: "When we interviewed Miliband we thought, 'Oh my God we can probably influence the outcome of an election.

"Now I think, we can't influence the outcome of an election."

Mr Brand said he had thought "old media" had lost its influence but "evidently that is not the case".

'There is a tide in the affairs of men'

Simon Hughes says of his defeat: "The phrase that came to mind last night in my constituency was.. 'there is a tide in the affairs of men', and in politics liberalism is very strong.

Simon Hughes

"In the first part of the last century there were Liberal MPs in my area, then from 1939 there were no liberal representatives and I've had the huge privilege of being the member of Parliament for Bermondsey and Old Southwark for 32 years and we've taken a battering."

"It wasn't personal against me"

Bermondsey and Old Southwark's former Liberal Democrat MP of 32 years Simon Hughes had an inkling he wasn't going to win, well before the results came through, he's told the BBC's Andrew Neil.

Andrew Neil and Simon Hughes

"In the last 24 hours, on election day particularly, I sensed the people weren't coming out in the numbers that we needed to hold our seat and that Labour was doing better," he

told Andrew Neil.

"We were one of the targets and I sensed that people were voting Labour because they wanted to get rid of a Tory government."

"It wasn't, I don't think, personal against me or against us locally. they got rid of the MP and they've ended up with a Tory government," he added.

Inquiry into election polling

An independent inquiry is to be carried out into the accuracy of election polls after underestimates of the Conservative lead over Labour,

The British Polling Council has said.

Election special

BBC London 94.9

A special #GE2015 Drivetime starts at 15:00. We're live in Westminster in the shadow of Parliament with Eddie Nestor.

Eddie Nestor

FTSE 100 and pound rise on election result

BBC Business


FTSE 100 and the pound have risen following the announcement of a Conservative majority government.

British money

BBC economics editor Robert Peston says the markets are pleased for a number of reasons:

  • It means any Labour threat of breaking up banks and imposing energy price caps has been lifted
  • Investors were worried about days of political wrangling and uncertainty if no single party secured a majority
  • Investors tend to be economically conservative and may be instinctively conservative too

Scores voted for dead singer

Sitala Peek

BBC News

A total of 113 people have voted for a parliamentary candidate who died four weeks before the election.

Ronnie Carroll

Former Eurovision contestant Ronnie Carroll died aged 80 on 13 April days after his name was printed on ballot papers for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency.

The independent candidate was standing in the most marginal seat in England,

won by Labour's Tulip Siddiq with a majority of 1,138.

'Sad to see Simon Hughes go'

via Facebook

Julian Niblick Fwaddar Chiu has written on our

Facebook page: "It's so sad to see Simon Hughes go. He did a lot for us and helped me personally."

Two minutes' silence


#VEDay70 Two minutes' silence at 3pm will begin and end with guns fired at the Tower of London. Listen out if you're near City Hall", London SE1 tweets.

A ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign

Here's a schedule from

London24 of
VE Day events in the capital.

Analysis: Profound consequences and serious questions

Norman Smith

BBC Assistant Political Editor

This has been an election which may have more

profound consequences than almost any in living memory.


We now face a generational decision about our future in Europe, with an EU referendum in two years' time almost certain.

There will also be serious questions about the future of the Union, following an SNP landslide that has turned Scotland into a virtual one-party state.

David Cameron's victory also represents a colossal achievement.

London property prices set to rise after election

Sitala Peek

BBC News

The election result is set to create a fresh uplift in the prime London housing market that will ripple out to other parts of the country,

Savills estate agent has predicted.

Knightsbridge flats
Google Maps

Economists and estate agents say they expect to see renewed interest in the top end of London's property market which had been showing signs of cooling.

Prices in prime central London are set to increase by 22.7% in the next five years and outside the capital prime property is set to rise by 23.9% in the next five years.

PM David Cameron

Sitala Peek

BBC News

David Cameron says:

David Cameron
  • I will now form a majority Conservative government
  • We will deliver that in/out referendum on our future in Europe
  • We will rebalance the economy and rebuild a northern powerhouse
  • I will implement as fast as I can the devolution that all parties agreed for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

David Cameron addresses country

Sitala Peek

BBC News

David Cameron has addressed the nation live to say he has been "proud to lead a coalition government" but adds: "Our manifesto is a manifesto for working people. As a majority government we will be able to deliver all of it."

David Cameron

Lunchtime news

Asad Ahmad

Presenter, BBC London

Join me on BBC One at 13:30 for all the latest on how London's political map is looking after yesterday's election.

Your views

BBC London TV's editor Antony Dore

tweets: @bbclondonnews will tonight be asking why Lab strengthened position in London but lost out so badly in rest of UK. Thoughts? #ge2015

BreakingConservatives win overall UK majority

Results confirm the Conservative Party has an
overall majority with 326 seats.

David Cameron

David Cameron has gone to see the Queen.

The map of London

Here's how the political map of London has changed in the past five years:

The political map of London

Miliband in the building

Richard Main

BBC London 94.9

tweets: .@Ed_Miliband still in the building but those carloads of Shadow Ministers cleared the crowds away! #decoy #GE2015

Miliband resignation

'Thank you and goodbye'

Sitala Peek

BBC News

Ed Miliband

says he will will stand down after the VE Day commemoration at the Cenotaph later and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman will take over until a new leader is elected.

Ed Miliband resigns

"Thank you to the British people...I have learnt so much from you.

"Thank you for the selfies, for the support and thank you for the most unlikely cult of the 21 Century -


BreakingEd Miliband resigns

as Labour Party leader

Ed Miliband - 'sorry'

Sitala Peek

BBC News

"I take total responsibility for the result and my defeat. I'm so sorry", says

Ed Miliband in a live broadcast in which he is widely expected to resign as Labour Party leader.

'These streets made me who I am'

Ealing Times

"I'm deeply proud and humbled that today I represent you as your MP", says Labour's Rupa Huq after winning Ealing Central and Acton from the Tory candidate Angie Bray.

Rupa Huq
Labour Party

She told the

Ealing Times: "These streets made me who I am, and its diverse communities are a model in 20th Century London.

"I have knocked on thousands of doors in this campaign seen many new faces but I've seen things I've never seen before in Ealing - the food bank, Ealing soup kitchen, Ealing Churches night shelter, Ealing Samaritans."

She won with

22,000 votes and 43% of the vote share.

And then there were three...

Laura Kuenssberg

Chief correspondent, Newsnight

And then there were three, well - two and a half. Nick Clegg has just made an eloquent defence of his decision to go into coalition, speaking boldly with tears in his eyes. And as we expected, he has resigned.

Within the hour we expect Ed Miliband to do the same. And about 10 minutes ago Nigel Farage said he would resign, although he might, after a break, feel like running again for the job in the summer.

Whether he ever returns to the political frontline or not, three - yes, three - party leaders are leaving the stage in one day, after the results of what's turned out to be a totally unexpected, extraordinary election.

'This is a very dark hour for our party'

Sitala Peek

BBC News

"It is too early to give a considered account of why we have suffered,"

says Nick Clegg as he resigns the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

Nick Clegg

"This is a very dark hour for our party. But we cannot and will not allow decent liberal values to be extinguished overnight. "Our party will come back."


Nick Clegg tells a press conference: "It has simply been heartbreaking to see so many friends and colleagues who have served their constituents so diligently, over so many years, abruptly lose their seats because of forces entirely beyond their control."

BreakingNick Clegg resigns

as Liberal Democrat leader

BreakingFarage resigns

as UKIP leader