Belfast Telegraph

Monday 30 November 2015

Alistair Darling: Still too close to call

Published 07/05/2010

Speaking just before 4am, Alistair Darling said election result was still too close to call
Speaking just before 4am, Alistair Darling said election result was still too close to call

Chancellor Alistair Darling refused to predict who would the form the next government as he held on to his seat in the face of a strong Tory challenge.

Mr Darling, who increased his vote in Edinburgh South West to 19,473, said his party was managing to win seats against predictions.

Asked if Labour would try to form a coalition to hold on to power, he said: "It all depends on what the shape of the next House of Commons is - we simply don't know that. This election was always going to be too close to call and it remains too close to call. We shall have to see."

Mr Darling, speaking at the count in Edinburgh, said it was an "honour and a privilege" to serve in the Commons. He added: "It's a good result for us here in Edinburgh but the results are still coming in across the country. There isn't a clear pattern, there are some seats we're holding, which people didn't expect us to hold, we're losing other seats as well.

"We'll have to wait and see what the shape of the House of Commons is tomorrow morning, we'll know that in the next few hours and that will determine who forms the next government."

The Conservatives polled second with 11,026 votes in Edinburgh South West, an increase from 10,234 in the 2005 result.

Mr Darling said: "As far as Scotland's concerned, the Conservatives have had yet another bad election. I'm very pleased with the results here.

"What we're also in the business of doing is making sure we have a strong government for the whole of the United Kingdom. The results are still coming in, we'll have to wait and see."

In 2005, Mr Darling won with 17,476 votes.

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