Explain The 2010 Election

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In order for a ‘majority’ to be won 326 seats needed to be won `out of 650 seats in the house of commons. The 2010 election took place in 650 constituencies.
David Cameron before the 2010 election had 210 seats in the house of commons and saw this go up to 306- a rise in 97 seats. Therefore winning a percentage of 36.1%. David Cameron prior to the election had 349 seats and was the current PM. In this election he lost 96 seats- falling to 258 in total. This was an overall percentage of 29%. Nick Clegg held 62 seats in the house of commons prior to the election. He saw this fall to 57 seats.
Coalition talks began immediately between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats and lasted for five days. There was an aborted attempt to put together a Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition (although other smaller parties would have been required to make up the ten seats they lacked for a majority). To facilitate this Gordon Brown announced on the evening of Monday 10 May that he would resign as Labour Party leader. On Tuesday 11 May, Brown announced his resignation as Prime Minister, marking the end of 13 years of Labour government.
The 2010 campaign saw the first ever televised debates which was deemed to be a very American political style of campaigning.
The Green Party of England and Wales won its first ever seat in the Commons, and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland also gained its first elected member.
For the first time since 1974 the UK has a hung parliament,