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  • General Election 2015: The Results

    Well today has been quite a day with the Conservatives gaining 331 seats giving them a small majority. We have seen some major casualties including three Labour Shadow Cabinet Ministers and several big Liberal Democrat beasts. This has been an incredibly exciting election and the BBC has continued to dominate the viewing figures for the election night coverage making full use of their expert team to bring us the results as soon as they came in.

    From 7am in the morning Huw Edwards took over from David Dimbleby who has presented his last election night coverage. Dimbleby hosted his first back in 1979 and will be missed. Having said this Huw did a very good job bringing us the rest of the results throughout the day.

    Edwards was joined by a huge team to explain the impact of the results. Professor John Curtice from Strathclyde University provided excellent analysis from the studio’s balcony joined by a team of psephologists. Nick Robinson was also on hand for much some of the day but it was the BBC’s former political Andrew Marr providing most on the analysis. Robinson of course is still recovering from an operation removing a tumour of his lung. He did an absolutely splendid job and I hope he makes returns full time very soon.

    Newsnight’s Chief Correspondent Laura Kuenssberg also played a very important in offering social media analysis as well as offering her views on the election. James Landale was also on hand during the day and was responsible for the News at Six report which was presented by Fiona Bruce. Gavin Esler reported live from Scotland as well on the huge success of the SNP taking 56 seats.

    Other key journalists playing an important role today included Alex Forsyth in Thanet, Andrew Neil who interviewed the big players from Westminster, Louise Minchin who presented hourly news updates from Studio E, Jo Coburn who assisted Andrew Marr and Huw Edwards in the studio at Elstree, Norman Smith and Ben Wright reported on the new ministerial appointments from Downing Street, Chris Buckler reported on the results from Northern Ireland and Laura Buckler and Brian Taylor offered analysis of the results in Scotland. Carole Walker, Lucy Manning and Vicky Young reported on the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems respectively.

    Jeremy Vine returned to his role of King of the Swingometer and Emily Maitlis was working with the world’s largest touch screen providing a breakdown of results constituency by constituency. Jane Hill presented the BBC News at One. Joanna Gosling and Clive Myrie are now providing coverage from Westminster throughout the evening.

    This election has been incredibly exciting because of the uncertainty of the result. As ever the BBC election night programme and their coverage through the day has been very impressive and informative. The voters have chosen a majority Conservative government meaning that the issues of minority governments, coalitions, confidence and supply arrangements and motions of no confidence no longer appear to be on the table. Many experts were predicting a constitutional crisis which could have drawn our political system into instability.

    However, this election result means that broadcasters can return to normality sooner than expected which is quite a relief. Events have moved very quickly today and it will be interesting to see how the BBC covers the next few days as more ministerial positions are announced.

    All images from the day will be found in our digital album very soon. A link to this will appear on the site as soon as it is live.

    Jack Axford

    Co-editor, BNF


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