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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha wave from the steps of 10 Downing Street in London Friday, May 8, 2015 after meeting Britain's Queen Elizabeth II where he informed her that he has enough support to form a government. The Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's Parliamentary elections winning an unexpected majority. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha wave from the steps of 10 Downing Street in London Friday, May 8, 2015 after meeting Britain's Queen Elizabeth II where he informed her that he has enough support to form a government. The Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain's Parliamentary elections winning an unexpected majority. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party won an unexpectedly decisive victory in yesterday's parliamentary elections. Polls had predicted a very tight race.

Cameron met with Queen Elizabeth II today, and then returned to his office at 10 Downing Street, where he announced he will form a majority government.

The separatist Scottish National Party also won big yesterday. Meanwhile, Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, and Nick Clegg, the leader of Cameron's former coalition partner the Liberal Democrats, both stepped down today after their parties' major losses.

The BBC's Rob Watson joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson from London to discuss the election results.

Note: Please download the Here & Now podcast or use the WBUR app to hear this interview.

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  • Rob Watson, U.K. political correspondent for BBC World Service. He tweets @robwatsonbbc.

This segment aired on May 8, 2015.

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