General Election 2015: How the newspapers responded to Cameron's victory

The Conservatives won 33.8per cent of the vote

Kashmira Gander
Friday 08 May 2015 23:18 BST
The Sun's front page after the general election
The Sun's front page after the general election (The Sun )

After a long night of watching one of the most unpredictable elections in decades unfold, newspaper editors have signed off their front pages.

When a shock exit poll dropped at 10pm on Thursday when polling stations closed, it became clear that the final opinion surveys - which suggested that Labour and the Conservatives would be neck and neck - were wrong.

In the wake of the Consecrative win, a political bloodbath ensued. Within an hour, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democracts and Ukip's Nigel Farage all resigned from their respective parties.

The front pages are particularly interesting as they reveal the initial reactions of the right wing media, following suggestions those papers helped the Conservatives claim the election following relentless attacks on Ed Miliband’s character.

Many of the papers used photos of the men attending a VE Day memorial service at the Cenotaph - likely to be their last public appearance together as party leaders.

The Sun, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, called Cameron's win "stunning" and described the Cenotaph appearance as "awkward".

Meanwhile, The Daily Star complained that the electoral system stopped Ukip, who got 4 million, from claiming more seats.

The Express, which backed Ukip, quoted David Cameron's speech thanking his party following their victory.

Finally, The Guardian followed a similar line to The Mirror, with the headline: "And then there was one".

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