Everything you need to know about the general election

What you need to know

  • The Tories will lead a narrow majority government after the Scottish National Party swept the board north of the border on a deeply disappointing night for Labour and a devastating one for the Lib Dems.

  • With 646 out of 650 seats declared, the Tories are on 327 seats, Labour 232, the SNP 56, Lib Dems 8, DUP 8 and others 15.

  • Ed Miliband has announced his resignation as leader of the Labour party.

  • Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have also resigned as leaders of the Lib Dems and Ukip respectively. Farage, who lost in Thanet South, may stand for re-election in September.

  • Labour failed to make an impression on a host of Tory-held marginals they had to win to have any chance of getting Miliband into Downing Street. In target constituencies like Nuneaton and Battersea the vote actually swung from Labour to the Tories.

  • Shadow chancellor Ed Balls losing his seat is emblematic of the party's failures in England.

  • Meanwhile, the SNP won every seat in Scotland bar three - one each for Labour, the Tories and Lib Dems.

  • Labour also lost high-profile figures in Scotland, including its leader there Jim Murphy and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander.

  • Employment minister Esthey McVey is the biggest loss for the Tories.

  • But the Lib Dems have suffered an almost total wipeout, with chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander, business secretary Vince Cable, energy secretary Ed Davey, business minister Jo Swinson, former leader Charles Kennedy and long-time MP Simon Hughes all losing their seats.

  • In his victory speech in Sheffield Hallam, where Labour cut his majority to fewer than 3,000, Clegg said it had been a "cruel and punishing" night for his party.

  • Boris Johnson is an MP again.

  • Ukip has one seat so far, Douglas Carswell in Clacton, despite taking 12.6 per cent of the total vote. Similarly, the Green Party has just one seat, with Caroline Lucas retaining her seat in Brighton Pavilion, despite attracting more than one million votes across the country.

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