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Exit poll: David Cameron on course to remain British Prime Minister

Published 07/05/2015 | 22:06

DAVID Cameron seems on course to win a second term as British Prime Minister, the exit polls have suggested.

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The polls, which proved very accurate in 2010, suggest the next British government will again be formed by the Conservative party.

The exit poll of the 2015 General Election has put the Conservatives ahead on 316 seats, with Labour on 239, the Liberal Democrats on 10, the SNP on 58 and Ukip on 2 as counting begins across the country.

However counting has only just got underway, and with the campaign so closely fought some observers have suggested the exit poll may not be accurate.

However if the exit poll figures are accurate, it will almost certainly spell the end of Ed Miliband's term as Labour party leader.

If the results prove true it would be the party's worst result in a quarter century, with the party even winning less seats then it did in 2010 under Gordon Brown.

The exit poll figures will also be disappointing for Ukip, which had been expected to win up to a dozen seats.

The Liberal Democrats, who went into coalition with the Conservative Party in 2010, seems to be facing electoral wipe-out.

In Scotland, the figures suggest an overwhelming victory for the SNP, however part leader Nicola Sturgeon played down the figures on Twitter.

She tweeted: "I'd treat the exit poll with HUGE caution. I'm hoping for a good night but I think 58 seats is unlikely! #GE15"

If the figures prove true however, it would mean the SNP win 58 of the 59 available seats.

On news of the exit poll, Sterling rose about 2p against the dollar, a sign of the international market's confidence in a Conservative-led government.

However a second Exit Poll by YouGov suggested the race would be closer.

It put the Conservatives on 284, Labour on 263, SNP on 48, the Liberal Democrats on 31 and Ukip on 2.

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