UK General Election 2015 Live updates

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters / Toby Melville)
The UK is choosing its new 56th parliament in the 2015 General Election. There are 650 constituencies across the country. A shock exit poll suggests that the Conservatives are heading for the largest number of seats.
  • 08 May 2015

    16:34 GMT

    PM Cameron said that he would keep George Osborne as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the top finance minister, in his new government.

    Osborne served as Cameron's chancellor throughout his first five-year term, overseeing the recovery of the country's economy after the financial crisis.

  • 16:32 GMT

    Philip Hammond will be reappointed Foreign Secretary, David Cameron announced after winning the country's general election.

  • 16:30 GMT

    Defense Secretary Michael Fallon will keep his position in the new UK cabinet, re-elected PM David Cameron announced.

  • 16:15 GMT

    The UK’s re-elected prime minister, David Cameron, has reappointed Theresa May as Home Secretary.

    May has held the position since 2010, in Cameron’s previous cabinet.

  • 15:46 GMT

    The final results of the Britain's national election have been released by the UK's Electoral Commission:

    Popular vote
    Conservative Party 331 36.9%
    Labour Party
    232 30.4%
    Scottish National Party 56 4.7%
    Liberal Democrat 8 7.9%
    Democratic Unionist Party 8 0.6%
    Sinn Fein
    4 0.6%
    Plaid Cumry
    3 0.6%
    Social Democratic & Labour Party
    3 0.3%
    Ulster Unionist Party
    2 0.4%
    UKIP 1 12.6%
    Green Party
    1 3.8%
  • 13:45 GMT

    In order to give the election results a more homely touch, Twitter user Tom Katsumi was “live-stitching” the UK vote with needlepoint.

  • 13:14 GMT

    European Council President Donald Tusk expressed hope that Britain will remain an EU member under re-elected UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Britain played a key role in ensuring that Europe had a “common sense agenda,” emphasizing the need for a competitive economy, an effective single market and free trade, Tusk said in a statement.

    "I count on the new British government making the case for the UK's continued membership of the European Union. In that I stand ready to help," he stressed.

    "I am deeply convinced that there is no better life outside the European Union, for any country. A better EU is in the interest not only of Britain, but of every member state," Tusk added.

  • 13:06 GMT

    According to George Eaton, Political Editor of the New Statesman, Cameron's victory is historic.

  • 12:39 GMT

    Labour MP Tom Watson, who was a Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2009, has said he will consider standing for deputy leader of the Labour Party after current incumbent Harriet Harman stands down.

  • 12:37 GMT

    Former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who resigned this morning after his party suffered a humiliating defeat in the general election, has tweeted that it has been an "utmost privilege" to serve as party chief.