Exit polls in the UK show a “Hung parliament with Tories as largest party with 307 seats. Lab[our] 255. L[iberal] D[emocrats] 59.”
This may not be as hung as some people would like if British exit polls, like those over here, undercount conservative performance.
UPDATE: From the updated link above, why does this sound familiar?
2242 Lord Mandelson on BBC1: “People have voted for change but they don’t know what type of change they want”. So that’s cleared things up.
UP-UPDATE: Tories take King Offa‘s seat! Been following some of Michael Barone’s coverage of the British election at the Washington Examiner and just learned that the Tories captured the first capital of England: “Conservatives gain High Peak (a suburban district outside Manchester) and Montgomeryshire in Wales (where the Lib Dem had won big in 2005), Leicestershire Northwest , Aberconwy, Basildon South, and they’ve gained Tamworth from the Lib Dems.” In the 8th century, Tamworth was the seat of King Offa, the first man to be called rex Anglorum–or King of the English. The word Englisc (so spelled but pronounced as we pronounce the language we speak) did not appear until two centuries later.
Technically, Offa was King of Mercia, but the various kingdoms, Wessex and Kent for example, looked to him for leadership and protection. Only the Nothumbrians did not fall under his sway. He was most famous for building Offa’s Dyke, which was, contrary to some of our readers’ hopes, not the court lesbian, but a great fortification protecting the English from Welsh raids.
Several Beowulf scholars believe that that, the greatest poem written between the early days of the Roman Empire and the first stirrings of the Italian Renaissance, was written in Offa’s court.
Thus, the Tory taking of Tamworth has great historical significance.