Conservatives are confident David Cameron will remain PM

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 03:48 GMT, May 8, 2015 |

The Conservatives are confident David Cameron will remain PM with early general election results suggesting the party will be close to a majority. Labour faces being wiped out in Scotland by the SNP and is failing to make the gains it needs in England to stand a chance of forming a government.

The Lib Dems are on course to be decimated with the exit poll predicting they will have just 10 MPs. The exit poll suggested Labour will get 239 MPs to the Tories’ 316.

Results so far suggest it is accurate but the majority of the 650 seats have yet to declare. If the exit poll is accurate, Mr Cameron will be able to remain in Number 10 as the head of a minority government without the need for a coalition – although he might have to rely on the support of the DUP or the Lib Dems.

Even if Labour leader Ed Miliband was able to persuade the Lib Dems to join the SNP in backing a Labour government, he would not have the necessary numbers to get his legislative programme through Parliament in a Queen’s Speech.

The finishing line needed to form an absolute majority is 326, but because Sinn Fein MPs have not taken up seats and the Speaker does not normally vote, the finishing line has, in practice, been 323.