Conservatives set for majority government after devastating night for Labour

The Conservatives are on course to govern with a majority government after a devastating night for Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

The latest BBC forecast gives the Tories 329 seats – just enough to form a majority in the House of Commons.

There are 650 seats in the Commons in total and a party needs to win more than half of these – 326 – for a majority.

Labour was badly hit in Scotland, seeing it lose seats to the SNP, which gained 50 seats – bringing its total seats to 56 out of Scotland’s 59 seats.

Some of the night’s casualties included Ed Balls, who lost his seat by 422 votes to the Conservatives and former business secretary and Lib Dem Vince Cable, who also lost his seat to the Conservative Party, which he had held since 1997.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband said it had been a “difficult and disappointing” night for his party, while Liberal Democrat Leader and former deputy prime minister said it had been a “cruel and punishing night”.

Full forecasts give the Conservatives 329 seat, Labour 233, the Lib Dems eight, the SNP 56, Plaid Cymru three, UKIP two, the Greens one and others 19.

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