General Election outcome

policy definition

The Conservatives secured a narrow overall majority on 7/8 May, winning 330 of the 650 Commons seats.

The change in the Commons from Coalition Government to Conservative majority is reflected, in reverse, in the Lords. Peers in the previous Government’s parties – 224 Tories and 101 Lib Dems – together counted for 325 of 779 Lords. It can readily be seen that a Conservative Government would now command only a third of the Upper House. While the Lords does not, conventionally, vote against legislation on manifesto commitments, outside of those areas it does seem likely that the new Government could suffer some notable reverses in the Lords.

With the return to majority Government, there will therefore be no Coalition Agreement to set out agreed priorities for the incoming administration. The Queen’s Speech, to be delivered on 27 May, will be the first clear indication of the Government Bills and other measures necessary to deliver the key commitments set out in its manifesto.

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