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Election roundup: Housing minister keeps hold of seat

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Election roundup: Housing minister keeps hold of seat
Housing minister Brandon Lewis MP has retained his seat in Great Yarmouth by a majority of 43%, outstripping the Labour and UK Independence Party (UKIP) vote.

Labour candidate Lara Norris won 29% of the vote in the Norfolk constituency, while Alan Grey of UKIP received 23%.

Results over Thursday night saw Tories winning seats hard and fast across the board, as they paved the way to win a surprise majority in the House of Commons.

Following a sore defeat for the Liberal Democrats, which saw both pensions minister Steve Webb and business secretary Vince Cable lose their seats, Nick Clegg announced his resignation as leader of the party.

Labour leader Ed Miliband also quit as exit polls revealed an unforeseen victorious win for the Conservative party. The party suffered a battering in Scotland, where the Scottish National Party swooped to victory with 56 of 59 seats, an region where Labour has traditionally been a stronghold.

Another defeat, this time for UKIP in South Thanet, led to Nigel Farage’s resignation as leader of the party as he lost out to Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay by almost 3,000 votes.

According to the BBC election forecast, Labour is expected to retain just 232 of 650 seats, with the Tories on 331, and the Lib Dems on just eight, a dramatic drop from 2010 when the party won 23% of the vote and 57 seats.

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