General Election: Headlines and live coverage

Prime Minister David Cameron at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney. Picture: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney. Picture: PA

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David Cameron has returned to 10 Downing Street to prepare for another term as Prime Minister, as the General Election put his Conservative Party on the brink of securing an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

Throughout the night we have published live updates on results and reaction here from around the Portsmouth area and the rest of the country.

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha arrive at 10 Downing Street. Picture: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha arrive at 10 Downing Street. Picture: PA

We are expecting the Meon Valley result some time this morning.

The headlines so far are:-

Tory Flick Drummond won Portsmouth South from the Lib Dems

Penny Mordaunt held Portsmouth North for the Tories

Alan Mak held Havant for the Tories

Suella Fernandes held Fareham for the Tories

Caroline Dinenage held Gosport for the Tories

Damian Hinds held East Hampshire for the Tories

Andrew Tyrie held Chichester for the Tories

Mims Davies won Eastleigh for the Conservatives from the Lib Dems

David Cameron has returned to 10 Downing Street to prepare for another term as Prime Minister, as the General Election put his Conservative Party on the brink of securing an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

A dramatic night saw the Scottish National Party sweep Labour out of almost all its strongholds north of the border, while the Liberal Democrats suffered savage losses and question marks were raised about the future of Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage.

And Tories claimed the biggest scalp of the night as shadow chancellor Ed Balls went down to defeat by a margin of 422.

Mr Cameron all but declared victory in a speech after being returned as MP for Witney, in which he set out his intention to press ahead with an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union and to build on the economic foundations laid by the Coalition since 2010.

“My aim remains simple - to govern on the basis of governing for everyone in our United Kingdom,” he said.

He made clear that he was determined not to allow the rising tide of nationalism to lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom, saying: “I want to bring our country together, our United Kingdom together, not least by implementing as fast as we can the devolution that we rightly promised and came together with other parties to agree both for Wales and for Scotland.

“In short, I want my party, and I hope a Government I would like to lead, to reclaim a mantle that we should never have lost - the mantle of One Nation, One United Kingdom. That is how I will govern if I am fortunate enough to form a government in the coming days.”

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