David Cameron remains the UK’s Prime Minister, with his Conservative party having made unprecedented gains across the country in last night’s General Election and securing a majority that nobody expected.
7th May was a night of victory for Cameron, as well as Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, who saw her party secure an impressive 56 of the 59 Scottish seats in Westminster, effectively ending Labour’s dominance in the region and serving a huge blow to Labour’s ambitions nationally.
It was an overwhelmingly disappointing night for Labour leader Ed Miliband. Lead-up polls suggested a much better performance by Labour than actually transpired. From the announcement of those damning exit poll numbers, the evening grew worse for the younger Miliband. He resigned as leader on 8th May, congratulating Cameron and thanking his team, activists and the newly emerging “Milifandom”.
Miliband’s was not the only resignation of this most extraordinary election. Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, stood down as leader of the party after they suffered one of the most crushing defeats in recent British political history, describing it as a “cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats”. They will send only 8 MPs to Westminster now, a significant drop from the 57 they secured in 2010.
Despite amassing millions of votes, the UK Independence Party failed to secure more seats. They held their seat in Clacton but leader Nigel Farage failed to win the South Thanet seat from the Tories and resigned soon after, before ‘unresigning’ a few days later.
The future for freelancers
With coalition politics coming to an unexpected end, at least for the next five years, a whole new political horizon now faces freelancers in the UK. Of course, it’s not possible to see into the future and see how the next Cameron Ministry will play out (unfortunately), we can look at their promises that may affect freelancers in the future.
No doubt that the Conservative’s promise to be the ‘party of small businesses’ will be very much monitored by the freelance community, as they have come under some heavy criticism that this really does only affect smaller business rather than single person limited companies and independent professionals.
However, the Tories’ pre-election promises in their manifesto to tackle late payers as well as freezing National Insurance contributions, income tax rates and the tax-free personal allowance are sure to make them popular with freelancers. This is dependent, of course, on whether they keep their promises, especially now that they find themselves to be the only party in power for the first time in 18 years. The future of the country now sits with Cameron as he rides the wave of this much unprecedented victory.
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