UK Politics

Election results shocks: The big name losers

It was billed to be one of the most unpredictable elections in generations - and that it has been. There have been some shock results throughout the night, with several household names losing their seats. Here's a rundown.

Ed Balls, Labour

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Media captionEd Balls describes "sense of sorrow" at election result

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls lost his Morley & Outwood seat to his Conservative rival, with 18,354 votes to 18,776. Any personal disappointment he had was nothing compared to the "sense of sorrow" he had for Labour's showing across the country, he said - "and the sense of concern I have about the future". He said he had many concerns for the next five years, but said he had been "proud" to have been a Labour MP. "I am confident Labour will be back," he said.

Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat

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Media captionVince Cable said he was "hit by a very well-organised national campaign"

The scale of Lib Dem losses was perhaps most epitomised by Vince Cable's defeat in Twickenham, a seat he had represented since 1997. One of the party's most senior figures, Mr Cable served as business secretary in the coalition government. But he was ousted from his seat by Conservative candidate Tania Mathias, who beat Mr Cable by 25,580 votes to 23,563. Mr Cable blamed a campaign of "fear" by the Tories. He said it had been a terrible night for the Lib Dems all over - but he was sure the party would "bounce back".

Danny Alexander, Liberal Democrat

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Media captionLib Dem Danny Alexander: ''I will always be proud of the difference I and my party have made"

The highest ranking politician in Scotland to lose his seat in this election. Danny Alexander, as Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury, was at the heart of the coalition - effectively Chancellor George Osborne's deputy. He only joined Parliament back in 2005, winning in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey - a seat he's now lost to the SNP's Drew Hendry, by more than 10,000 votes. Mr Alexander said he would "always be proud of the difference I and my party have made to the country in the last five years".

Douglas Alexander, Labour

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Media captionDouglas Alexander spoke after losing his seat to 20-year-old Mhairi Black

It was the first high profile loss of the night, in Paisley and Renfrewshire South. Douglas Alexander - Labour's foreign affairs spokesman and campaign co-ordinator - lost to 20-year-old student and SNP candidate Mhairi Black, with a massive swing of 26.9% to the party. It had been a "difficult night" for Labour, he said. "Scotland has chosen to oppose this Conservative government but not place that trust in the Labour Party. It will be our responsibility to re-win that trust in the months and years ahead," he said.

Jim Murphy, Labour

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Media captionScottish Labour leader Jim Murphy: "The fightback starts tomorrow"

Labour's leader in Scotland Jim Murphy, also found himself a casualty of the SNP's sweeping gains throughout Scotland, losing in East Renfrewshire by more than 4,000 votes. Speaking after the result, Mr Murphy - who'd held the seat for almost 20 years - said it was an "enormous" moment for the SNP, but he vowed that "the fightback starts tomorrow". He's since faced calls from some within Labour to resign as leader, a role he took on in 2014.

George Galloway, Respect

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Media captionGeorge Galloway: "I'm going off now to plan my next campaign"

The Bradford West MP lost out to Labour's Naseem Shah, who won with more than 19,000 votes. Mr Galloway had taken the traditional Labour stronghold in a by-election in 2012 with a majority of 10,140 votes. He said it had been a "privilege" to spend three years as MP in Bradford West, "a special place full of special people". He added: "I'm going off now to plan my next campaign."

Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat

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Media captionEd Davey: ''We are a little shocked because our figures were suggesting we were going to do a lot better''

Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey's defeat in Kingston and Surbiton was another big loss for the party. The cabinet minister was beaten by the Conservatives' James Berry, by almost 3,000 votes. Mr Davey, who had represented the area since 1997, said the Lib Dems had "paid some price" for joining a coalition government but he had "lost on Conservative warnings" of a Labour-SNP government.

Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat

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Media captionSimon Hughes said the Lib Dems had tried to ''change the lives forever, of hundreds of thousands of people here''

Simon Hughes' 32-year Commons career came to an end on Friday morning, when he lost his Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat to Labour - compounding a very bad night for the Lib Dems. The 63-year-old was one of the party's most senior figures, serving as deputy leader for a time. He also contested the party leadership (unsuccessfully) twice, and stood as the Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor in 2004.

Charles Kennedy, Liberal Democrat

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Media captionLiberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy describes his loss of the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency as "the night of long sgian dubhs"

Charles Kennedy was another senior Lib Dem to suffer at the hands of the SNP. The former Lib Dem leader had represented the Scottish constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber for 30 years - but in a blow to the party he lost by more than 5,000 votes. Following the defeat, Mr Kennedy said it had been "the greatest privilege of public life to represent the constituency".

Esther McVey, Conservative

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Media captionThe Conservatives' employment minister Esther McVey says she hopes to stand as an MP in the future

Conservative employment minister Esther McVey lost her Wirral West seat, being ousted by Labour by 417 votes.

Wirral West was a marginal seat, and Ms McVey was the Tories' sole Westminster representative from Merseyside.

She said: "You have your highs and lows in politics, but I'm going to pick myself up, dust myself down, and I'm going back out there to become an MP because I believe in the Conservative Party and all it stands for - you ain't seen the last of me yet."

She pointed out that although she had lost to Labour, the Conservative vote went up by 2,000.

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