Kingmaker hopes evaporate as Tories secure Westminster majority

John Manley
THE DUP's hopes of being 'kingmaker' in a hung parliament evaporated yesterday as the Tories secured a surprise majority in Westminster. David Cameron was returned to Downing Street as prime minister after his party gained 331 seats – five more than needed to form a government without support from other parties. The result of Thursday's poll was the best Conservative performance since 1992 when John Major led the party into a fourth consecutive term. The Tories success was in stark contrast to the fate of Labour and the Lib Dems, who both suffered massive losses. Ed Miliband stood down af[...]

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