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Britain's Conservatives secure majority

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Nearly all the ballots have been counted. With 643 out of 650 constituencies decided, the BBC says the ruling Conservatives have won 326 seats

Britain's Conservative Party has secured a majority in the House of Commons in Thursday's general election.

Nearly all the ballots have been counted. With 643 out of 650 constituencies decided, the BBC says the ruling Conservatives have won 326 seats.

Prime Minister David Cameron is certain to continue to lead the government for a 2nd term.

The main opposition Labour Party has garnered 230 seats.

The Liberal Democratic Party, which has been a ruling coalition partner of the Conservatives, has suffered a crushing setback, winning just 8 seats.

The Scottish National Party, which advocates Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom, has won 56 seats, a surge from its pre-election strength of just 6.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said the responsibility for the result is his alone and indicated his intention to step down.

The election result came as a surprise to many, as it had been tipped to be a tight contest. Both the Conservative and Labour parties had been projected to fall short of a majority.