Conservative Party wins 2015 General Election

The Conservative Party has achieved a majority in the 2015 General Election.

Despite early exit polls suggesting the results would lead to a hung parliament, the Conservatives have won the 326 seats needed.

Labour suffered a bad night, losing 26 seats, leaving them with 232 while former coalition members the Liberal Democrats lost 48 seats and are currently left with eight.

In Scotland, the Scottish National Party won 56 out of 59 seats, an increase of 50 seats on the 2010 election, with the majority of seats won from the Labour Party.

Elsewhere, UKIP won one seat while the Green Party retained its Brighton Pavilion seat.

Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have all quit as party leaders following the result.

The industry reacts

Stephen Rossides, director of the British Meat Processors Association, urged the new government to help allow the meat industry remain competitive.
“The BMPA looks to any new government to commit to balanced economic growth, to a policy and regulatory regime that enables the meat industry to be competitive and meet its customers’ needs, to encourage sustainable food production, and to assist industry in securing access to third country markets, and we will work with the new administration to progress these objectives.”

He added that the results could have implications for the United Kingdom’s EU membership. “All the political parties will need to consider carefully the various messages sent to them by the electorate. An EU referendum is now a certainty and this will have massively important political and economic implications for the UK; we must have a balanced and sober debate about our position in Europe.”

Norman Bagley, ‎Policy Director at Association of Independent Meat Suppliers, welcomed the result. Speaking to Meat Trades Journal, he said: “We’re delighted. It’s a fantastic result which will hopefully drive some proper efficiency through the FSA and create firm control of public spending to help the meat sector.”

Ian Wright, director general at the Food and Drink Federation, said he was looking forward to working with the new government. “As the voice of the largest manufacturing sector – food and drink, FDF has a long history of constructive partnership with UK governments. Given its economic contribution, which includes £21.5bn of gross value added to the national economy each year, we will continue to work to unlock shared value for the sector, society and the economy.”
“With thriving exports, huge creativity and diversity amongst our members, FDF will bang the drum louder than ever before to ensure that the sector’s contribution to the country is recognised and resourced sufficiently.”

Andrew Large, chief executive of the British Poultry Council also welcomed the new government. He said: “The BPC would like to congratulate the Conservative government and looks forward to working with it as well as new, re-elected and opposition MPs in this new term of parliament. "

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