Cameron leads Tories to victory

David Cameron
David Cameron

Chipping Norton MP David Cameron is set to lead the country as Prime Minister for another five years as his Conservative Party closes in on an astonishing General Election victory.

Despite months of polls forecasting a close-fought contest, a collapse in support for both Labour and the Liberal Democrats now looks likely to give the Conservatives a potential 326 seats in the House of Commons - an overall majority of two.

After retaining his Witney seat with an increased majority, Mr Cameron said: “This is clearly a very strong night for the Conservative party.”

Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha travelled to London after the Witney result was declared at around 5.45am this morning.

He is expected to go to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen later this morning ahead of forming a new government.

Labour had high hopes in the run up to the election but the rise of the Scottish National Party left Ed Miliband’s dreams in tatters as seats tumbled north of the border.

The Lib Dems, meanwhile, suffered a disastrous election with several senior MPs, including Vince Cable, Danny Alexander and Simon Hughes, losing their seats.

Across Banburyshire the political map remained blue, with Victoria Prentis replacing the retired Sir Tony Baldry as the new MP for Banbury, Andrea Leadson holding her seat in Northamptonshire South, Chris Heaton-Harris retaining his Daventry seat and Nadhim Zahawi being re-elected for Stratford-on-Avon. The result for Kenilworth & Southam has yet to be declared.