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10 key quotes from election night

Published 08/05/2015

“What seems to have happened is that all the three main parties have lost this election. Some have lost it more than others — the Lib Dems in particular — but we seem to be heading to an outcome in which no party has achieved a majority.”

Labour’s former strategy chief Lord Mandelson

“Obviously, it’s a very, very clear victory for the Conservatives and a very bad night for Labour”

Uxbridge candidate

Boris Johnson

“He (Nigel Farage) is welcome. Any man’s welcome in the pub. That’s the beauty of the pub — everyone’s welcome. It’s a public house, whether you’re a prince or a pauper, you can come in the pub. If he’s drowning his sorrows, I’ll say ‘Well well mate, better luck in 2020’.”

Thanet South candidate, The Pub Landlord Al Murray

“If he (Boris Johnson) is elected, it will be a really bad day for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. They’re replacing a good, trusted, respected MP for somebody with no interest in the area, with no moral compass, with a personal ambition to be prime minister”

Michael Francis Cox, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip

“My congratulations to the Daily Mail and the Sun, they’re geniuses, they understand politics completely. They think the Ukip vote splits the Tory vote — God help us”

Ukip leader Nigel Farage

“I can tell you — that is wrong. If these exit polls are right, I’ll publicly eat my hat”

Former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown on the exit poll

“I’d treat the exit poll with HUGE caution. I’m hoping for a good night but I think 58 seats is unlikely!”

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

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