In the last UK general election, no political party managed to get enough seats in order to take over Parliament. As a result of this outcome, a coalition government was created between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.
The last five years has seen David Cameron acting as Prime Minister of the UK and Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, taking his place as Deputy Prime Minister.
The Conservative Party currently have 303 seats, the Labour Party has 257 and the Liberal Democrats have 56.
What Does It Mean to Have the Most Seats in Parliament?
In order to win an election, there needs to be a party which has more than half of the seats in Parliament. Getting the most seats doesn’t necessarily mean that the general election vote has been won outright.
In the case of the 2010 General Election, the Conservatives won 303 seats, which meant that they didn’t have enough seats to control Parliament.
Merging with the Liberal Democrats and creating a coalition government meant that with the addition of the extra 56 seats, they occupied more than half of the seats in Parliament.
The General Consensus
One of the interesting things about the 2015 General Election is that there does not seem to be a party which is the public favourite.
For many years, the UK government seems to have been passed back and forth between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, but this year, there are other parties which seem to be gaining much interest.
The Conservatives and Labour could end up with an equal amount of seats, meaning that no one party will be able to take over Parliament. This could mean that the UK ends up with yet another coalition government, albeit a slightly different one.
After the Liberal Democrats played such a big part in the result of the 2010 General Election, Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems, as they are colloquially known, could either end up with more seats as a result of the public warming to them, or they could lose some of their few current seats.
The Green Party has long been in the background of the UK political platform, but this year could see the Greens gaining a number of seats in Parliament. Led by Nicola Bennett, the policies of the Green Party seem to resonate with many UK citizens.
UKIP has a fan club and a hate club in many ways – while this party has a rather large following in the UK, there are also many people who would vote for any other leader than Nigel Farage.
Bet on Who Will Have the Most Seats
You can bet on which party you believe will have the most seats in Parliament after the next election until May 7th at 10pm UK time.
According to William Hill, the Conservatives will end up with the most seats, with odds of 4/9 for this party. Labour follows closely, with odds of 7/4.
UKIP has odds of 200/1 while the Liberal Democrats have 1000/1, but in the current climate, it’s difficult to tell just which way the next election will go.