These Were The Biggest Shock Results From The General Election 2015

·News Editor, Yahoo News UK


Mhairi Black (right) saw off Labour's Douglas Alexander in a shock result. (PA)
Mhairi Black (right) saw off Labour's Douglas Alexander in a shock result. (PA)

The 2015 General Election will be remembered as a night of shocks.

From the Lib Dems having a nightmare night which Nick Clegg said was 'cruel and punishing' to high profile ministers being kicked out of Westminster, there were plenty of surprises.

Here are some of the dramatic results from the General Election counts:

- The biggest shock of the night didn't come until Friday morning, when shadow chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat in Morley and Outwood seat by 422 votes.

- Douglas Alexander loses his seat: Labour's general election campaign chief and shadow foreign secretary was swept aside by the SNP's Mhairi Black, a 20-year-old politics student at Glasgow University, with a 26.92% swing from Labour to the SNP in Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

 

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- Jo Swinson loses her seat: UK business minister Jo Swinson lost the East Dunbartonshire seat she had held for the Liberal Democrats since 2005 due to a 16.05% swing to the SNP.

- Labour loses former safe seat of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. The SNP's Roger Mullin won the seat against Labour's Kenny Selbie. It had been Labour's safest seat in Scotland, and was held by former prime minister Gordon Brown.

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy was scalped by SNP in Renfrewshire East
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy was scalped by SNP in Renfrewshire East


Lib Dem Business Secretary accepts defeat in Twickenham. (PA)
Lib Dem Business Secretary accepts defeat in Twickenham. (PA)


- Jim Murphy loses his seat: The Scottish Labour leader lost the East Renfrewshire seat he had held since 1997 to the SNP's Kirsten Oswald.

- Ed Davey loses seat. The Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary lost the Kingston and Surbiton seat he had held since 1997 to Conservative Michael Berry. Mr Davey won 20,415 votes, almost 3,000 less than the Tory tally of 23,249.

- Simon Hughes loses seat: The Liberal Democrat lost the Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat he had held for 32 years to Labour by around 5,000 votes.

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- Vince Cable loses seat: The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable lost the Twickenham seat he has held since 1997 to the Conservatives, defeated by Tania Mathias by 25,580 votes to 23,563. He blamed a campaign of "fear" by the Tories for a "terrible night" for the Liberal Democrats.

- Esther McVey loses seat: The Conservative Employment minister was beaten in Wirral West, after Labour's Margaret Greenwood won the tight marginal.

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