General election 6th May 2010

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General election 6th May 2010 by Mind Map: General election 6th May 2010

1. The coalition gov. has a majority in the Commons for the whole of the UK, but the Conservative party has a clear majority in England alone

1.1. Conserv. - gov for England Coalition gov - for the whole UK

1.1.1. Ought to be seperate Parliaments for UK and England

2. key features

2.1. failed to give one party an overall majority

2.2. it was close election

2.2.1. Conservatives - 36.1 %

2.2.2. Labour - 29 %

2.2.3. Liberal Democrats - 23 %

2.3. Parties disappointed with result.

2.3.1. Conservatives failed to win an overall majority

2.3.2. Liberal democrats failed to make a significant breakthrough

2.3.3. Labour lost in its majority and its share of the national pool fell to its lowest level since 1987

2.4. Small parties failed to make a breakthrough

2.4.1. GP - 1 seat

2.4.2. UKIP - 0 seats

2.4.3. BNP - 0 seats

2.5. No significant progress for the nationalist parties in Wales and Scotland

2.6. Stark difference in the support for the Conservative Party between England and Scotland

2.7. The MP's expenses scandal of 2009 had a negligible effect.

2.7.1. Hazel Blears retaines her seat easily

2.8. Wide variations in the swings from one party to another in different constituencies.

2.9. Overall turnout - higher than in 2005, (up to 65%)

3. West Lothian Question

3.1. MPs elected from all parts of UK

3.1.1. However, (since devolutioin 1998) UK Parliament has no control over a wide range of the devolved powers outside England e.g health, education, transport, local government Many issues controlled by the Uk Parliament relate only to England MPs from Scotland, Wales and Ireland can vote on these issues - not represenatative and unfair

4. The result in England

4.1. In England onservatives would win a majority (298 seats) / labour (191) / LD (43) /total 533

4.1.1. New vocabulary

5. The overall results

5.1. Hung Parliament with no party able to command an overall majority


5.2.1. Effect of FPTP Favoured both the main parties - CONS&LAB discriminated LD

5.2.2. Even though large swing between the Labour and the Conservatives did not produce a majority gov.

5.2.3. Conservatives had become more efficient at converting votes into seats. Heavy emphasis on "marginal" consituencies

5.2.4. LD Opinion pools over-estimated LD support by about 4-5 Won larger share of votes / but won five fewer seats

5.2.5. Green won a seat in Brighton Pavilion

5.2.6. UKIP and BNP failed to break through

5.2.7. Patterns of voting seat winning in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland had varied very little since 2005

5.2.8. 143 women elected - not much change in gender make-up

6. The results in Scotland

6.1. Labour dominates