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May 8th, 2015

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers reacts to ‘shock’ election result

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

LSE Government

May 8th, 2015

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers reacts to ‘shock’ election result

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

In the days leading up to the 2015 General Election many experts were predicting a hung parliament, with much of the speculation focusing on the various forms a coalition or minority government could take. However, as election night unfolded it became clear that the UK was heading for a Conservative majority, a result that almost nobody had been considering less than 24 hours before.

On the morning after polling day, as the final seats were being declared and the UK attempted to make sense of this ‘shock’ result, we sat down with Professor Tony Travers to get his initial reaction and assess some of the key questions arising from one of the most intriguing electoral contests in recent years.

Why did the exit poll differ so much from polling in the run up to the election? What does the result mean for both the winners and the losers? Tony gives his expert analysis.

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