BREAKING: Support Swings to Conservatives in U.K. Vote, Exit Polls Show

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Prime Minister David Cameron’s party projected to win 316 seats; 239 for Labour

LONDON— Jenny Gross reports: Exit polls showed a surprising swing of support to Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party in the U.K.’s tightly-contested OG-AE448_201505_E_20150507171614election Thursday, suggesting that the Tories could continue to lead the government.

The exit polls forecast that the Conservatives would win 316 seats in the U.K. Parliament, suggesting a far stronger showing than months of pre-election surveys that showed them in a dead heat with the main opposition Labour Party. However, the exit polls indicated the Conservatives would be short of an effective majority of the 650-seat House of Commons.

Labour, according to the polls, secured 239 seats. The Conservatives’ current junior coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats, were projected to win 10 seats, which would indicate heavy losses.

The Scottish National Party, as some had predicted, made major gains with exit-poll projections of 58 seats….(read more)

WSJ

Write to Jenny Gross at jenny.gross@wsj.com

 



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