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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May 2005, 00:00 GMT 01:00 UK
Election results: Your views
Ballot boxes arrive at Sunderland South
Your comments and views on the 2005 general election since the results started being declared.

This is the second page of your comments on the election.


The second page of your comments:

I based my vote on who will be the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Julia Blakeman, Birmingham
I didn't know who to vote for. All I have heard is bickering and slander from the leaders and I don't trust any of them. I based my vote on who will be the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Gordon Brown got my vote. Let's hope he succeeds Tony Blair as leader.
Julia Blakeman, Birmingham

Everyone is talking about turnout, but I have to question how valid the percentages are due to the fact that I was registered to vote both at my home in Staffordshire and at my university city in Cambridge. There are 16,000 students in Cambridge - what if they all voted at home - the turnout would be abysmal here, but they would still have voted elsewhere!
Gareth Sykes, Cambridge

Look at the swing so far, this is a better indicator than the exit poll. The country is giving labour the notice they deserve. The conservatives have learnt their lesson and can build on past experience to ensure Britain remains great.
Rick K, Blackpool on Sea

We went to vote and had to push our way past a group of about fifteen teenagers - one of whom stood in our way with arms outstretched to stop us getting into polling station. I complained to woman in charge who did nothing. On the way out they were shouting abusive things at us so we called the police. I bet many people saw this group and simply turned around and went home. It is a disgrace that voters can be intimidated in this manner.
Paul, Lancaster

This has been an appallingly insubstantial campaign
Peter Tipping, Bournemouth
This has been an appallingly insubstantial campaign. The real issues (e.g. the economy, crime, education, the NHS) facing an incoming Government have had virtually no airing. The campaign has been an exercise in the presentation of individuals and we now face having a Government, whichever party wins, who have not actually had to tell us what they will do. Who is to blame for this amazing position? Answers, please.
Peter Tipping, Bournemouth

Why is your coverage so slow, the ITV coverage has reported more seats than you, why?
R Chiverrell, Liverpool

The personal attacks Labour and the Conservatives fired against each other reminded me of two school kids fighting. We had an alternative, Respect.
Khalid, Birmingham, UK

Any danger of something happening? I want to go to bed!
Charlie, Durham

The English people think they are free. They are badly mistaken: they are only so during the election of Members of Parliament. Once they are elected, they are nothing. Given the way they use their liberty in the brief moments that they have it, they fully deserve to lose it.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, France

To our French friend, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: You may be right in that we are not as free as we should be, but try sorting your own country out before insulting ours. It's shocking that Labour look set to win again - the country continues on a downward spiral. I only hope that next time people will be more open to change and vote in a proper government. In four years we will be just like America - and do we want that?
Will, Scarborough, England

Well I tried to cast my vote, only to be denied at 10.02 because the train I was on arrived 25 minutes late.
Dave Pittman, London, UK

Proportional Representation would've made this election a lot more interesting - not to mention fair - and may even have encouraged a greater number of people to go out and vote. Is the Make Votes Count campaign still going?
Chris, London

Many first time voters are too young to remember the bad days of the Tories, and too ungrateful to acknowledge what Labour has done for their families and the country as a whole, this is reflected in the Lib Dem protest votes! Don't judge Labour based on a war smear campaign, judge them on the wealth and success of this country.
David Cooper, Norwich, UK

Very few people I know are unemployed except for the shortest of periods
Frank Mcdaid, Paisley

I lived under the Tory rule for most of my childhood. My parents could find no work and we lived on what would now be called below the poverty line. When I started working there were few opportunities and fewer people actually interested in a career or the future. Since Labour has been in, and I don't even like Tony Blair, there has been work for all and plenty of it.

Very few people I know are unemployed except for the shortest of periods and things are unarguably better for the average man. This is all you expect from your government - to make things better for the majority. Labour has succeeded and long may they continue. And by the way, the war in Iraq was right - I have worked there for two years now and have not heard a bad word against the war from the local Iraqis.
Frank Mcdaid, Paisley, Renfrewshire

To be honest the only MP that I have any real respect for is the Lib Dem Mark Oaten. This man talks common sense and I hope Winchester feels the same.
Jennie, Leatherhead, Surrey

Voted Conservative - more a vote against Labour than anything else - feel Labour has got it wrong on education, health, drugs, criminal justice, immigration, Iraq war, etc.
Heidi Orr, Middlesex, UK

Tell Mr Dimbleby I am going to bed early
Hilary Yang, Harrow

I voted for the Lib Dem because of the Iraq war and Council Tax. It appears to me that voters once Labour, always Labour. My prediction is a Labour hold for Harrow East. Boring. Boring, boring. Tell Mr Dimbleby I am going to bed early.
Hilary Yang, Harrow, UK

I have been appalled by the amount of leaflets that all of the parties have been posting through my letterbox. All have environmental policies, yet see no problem in wasting all this paper. I have had many duplicate leaflets too. The parties should be ashamed of themselves and this form of promotion should be controlled.
William Anstey, Chelmsford

I have voted for Labour once again because I believe in them. No I am not na´ve, I am 74 and neither am I a doddering pensioner. I have listened and listened carefully. However this will be the first time I will not be staying up for the results. You have already given us it. There is not the element of surprise anymore and that is why it is so boring. Goodnight everyone.
Nora Bedford, Newark, Notts, UK

I've lived in the UK for five years now, this is the second time I have followed a general election. If only I could vote! Unfortunately I can't because I do not hold British but German citizenship. I think they should allow EU citizens living in the UK to vote, just as they allow Commonwealth citizens to take part in general elections. I feel a bit left out following the election with great interest but not being able to vote.
Wilhelm Mirow, London, UK

The thought of Howard in power, gave me the will to vote Labour again
Win G Lewis, Congleton, England
I am pleased that Tony Blair will be elected with a reduced majority. I was a member of the party for 40 years but threw my card in when he took us into an unjust war. I gritted my teeth . But the thought of Howard in power, gave me the will to vote labour again.
Win G Lewis, Congleton, England

It is a shame that we do not have better candidates than these three to be the Prime Minister. There would not be many changes whoever won the election. But I still did my part as a citizen of this country by voting. Tony Blair is the only candidate that has a slight advantage.
Simon, Bromley

The thought of another Labour Government is unbearable. What is the matter with the English? This country used to be something to be proud of. I fear for the future and that of my children. We need to make England English again.
Lisa, Worcester

Postal votes should only be for those unable to get to a polling station. If you cannot be bothered to go to your local school to vote once in five years why should you have a vote?
Jeremy Cox, Wareham Dorset

As a mother of 3 children we cannot survive without tax credits
Emma Robson, Tyne and Wear
As much as I would welcome a landslide majority for Labour as long as they are returned as government I will be happy. As a mother of 3 children we cannot survive without tax credits.
Emma Robson, North Shields Tyne and Wear

In the Canadian election a year ago, the exit polls suggested a Conservative victory, whereas we ended up with the Liberals being returned with a reduced, minority parliament. Moral of the story... don't trust exit polls.
Tony Starkey, Toronto, Canada (ex UK)

How much did the exit poll cost to conduct? And was it worth it?
Richard Miller, Ireland

I remind readers of exit polls that in America, our exit polls showed Kerry winning by 3%. In fact it was the opposite. When it's this close, you can't know for sure!
Brad, San Diego, California, USA

Question for the experts: If the count in a seat were a tie, how would the result be decided?
Phil G, Warrington, UK

Too many people are taking for granted this fantastic liberty we have
Simon Brown, Edinburgh

I voted today for Lib Dems. As much as I resent Labour and the Tories at the moment, I resent even more those who couldn't even be bothered to vote. Too many people are taking for granted this fantastic liberty we have and by not voting they have denied themselves the right to complain about anything the future government does.
Simon Brown, Edinburgh, Lothians

How about a discussion on how first time voters have cast their vote - many that I know have voted Lib Dem.
Kate Dowling, Wells, UK

Despite all negative hype that has blighted this election, Labour are now the natural party of government.
Peter Broomhead, Chesterfield, England

Me again; Boris Johnson for PM!
Phil G, Warrington, UK

This election campaign has been one of almost terminal boredom because any policies that were discussed were only mentioned in passing while the mudslinging commenced. Tony Blair has tremendous discipline in his party, and oozes charm and often wipes himself clean without dealing with the issue. Had the Tories pointed out often and loudly their policies rather than attempted to dirty the names of Labour I think they would have done much better.
OWA, Port Glasgow, Scotland

My own prediction is that Blair will stand down shortly into the new term
Aimee Donnison, Oxford
I arranged for my mum to be my proxy as I am here at university (not all students are apathetic!). It seems likely that Labour will win, but my own prediction is that Blair will stand down shortly into the new term. The last couple of weeks have been very damaging, so it wouldn't surprise me if he cleared the way for Brown. Roll on another four years of nonsense...
Aimee Donnison, Oxford, UK

Every student in my college received two polling cards - and quite a few of us applied for postal votes before we realised we had the option. In general, though there was plenty of party pamphleteering, there was very little helpful information provided about the practical side of voting. I'm glad to say that of all the people I know, not a single one attempted to abuse the system despite the mistake over the polling cards and the extreme easiness with which we could have voted twice.
Ruth, Cambridge, UK

This election is akin to a child entering a sweet shop to find it stocked with just the one kind of sweet. Whatever happened to having a choice?
Fed Up, UK

The usual political waffle and meaningless chatter that completely misses the needs of the electorate
Stephen Yorke, Abergele Conwy
I can't think of an election that has been more of a non-event. The usual political waffle and meaningless chatter that completely misses the needs of the electorate.
Stephen Yorke, Abergele Conwy

How many people have not been able to vote this year because of the inadequacies of the current government? I for one received my postal application on Friday 29th April. I returned it on the Saturday morning - I pray the vote made it back in time. I wonder how many other people are unsure. I'm fairly sure that it would suit Labour had my vote not been received!
Aidan Cottee, Barry, Wales

Sandy didn't know it was voting day, students can't be bothered. I say return to the feudal system. I'll settle for a baronship.
Ian Yates, Ashton under Lyne

I am a student, as are many of my friends. We have all been disappointed with the election coverage from all corners of the media who seem to portray students as politically indifferent and lethargic. Most the students I know voted and I feel that more students would vote, with a more informed opinion, if more of the campaigning and coverage was done from the under 25's point of view.
Chris Gascoyne, Exeter, Devon

I just wish more people would take an interest and vote
Katie Schofield, Blackpool

My first vote! I'm finding all this very exciting and really hoping that the Conservatives win it. I just wish more people would take an interest and vote. If you read this and you did not vote, then don't moan about the government that wins!
Katie Schofield, Blackpool, Lancashire

We are likely to see a number of independents being elected tonight (Kidderminster, Wyre, B Gwent). Whilst small in number will they be able to have any clout with any of the other parties in terms of alliances?
Peter, Merthyr Tydfil

In the most marginal seat in the country it's been a passionate day at the polls! Never seen so many active people lobbying and the votes will really count. I hope that the constituency makes the right choice.
Simon Kaye, Cheadle

Voted at quarter to ten this evening and found I was the 267th voter when I asked about the turnout. The officials told me this number was a higher turnout than 2001. Perhaps there are not too many votes expected for this ward as there were two ballot papers and just one box. Watching online tickertapes and News24 at the same time. More pundits like Ian Hislop please!
Jonty H Campbell, Preston, Lancashire

A few days ago there was a match, involving a red team with a name beginning with L, and a blue team with a name beginning with C. On that occasion the red team won, but very controversially. Will history repeat itself tonight?
Mark, S Cambs

I was amazed by the number of people voting at my polling station. I have never seen so many people voting. Really great. A high turnout is good for everybody.
Ben Shade, Clanfield, Hampshire

If the swing to the Tories is greater than your exit poll, then you should track and tell us how close the Tories might get to having a majority of the popular vote.
Tim Crocker, Starcross, Devon

Yes I did. I think the exit poll is probably accurate. I think that the Lib Dems probably have gained more than is suggested by exit poll and the Tories will have around 196 - 200 MPs.
DR V Harutyunyan, London

If the Labour majority is as low as predicted (though in any election before 1997 a 66 majority would not be called low) then Tony Blair is under threat from his own party. Once Blair is gone the Labour vote is likely to go back up. I don't think this is a sign of a Conservative revival.
David Patrick, Reading, UK

Please notice the colours of the Labour MP rosettes tonight, mix of colours for some, all red for others?
Lawrence, Bristol

If we voted for the Prime Minister directly, and voted separately for the person we believe is the most capable to represent our community, regardless of party, voter apathy would melt away. It's noteworthy that if we had this system, Tony Blair would not be in power much longer.
Simon Harley, Workington, Great Britain

Having always been Conservative, I have changed to Labour this time. The Tories spent too much time attacking Tony Blair, instead of telling us what we wanted to hear. He put me off, and as for Iraq, no matter what you say, Saddam had to be removed, Tony Blair had the guts to do it. As for Charles Kennedy, he can promise what he likes, he will never be taken seriously, nor will he ever be prime minister.
Jack Brown, Tamworth, United Kingdom

I'm concerned that several students have been registered to vote at both their home addresses and at their university addresses. My daughter who is in her first teaching post and living at Cranleigh, Surrey, where she voted this evening, also had a vote registered to her at her home address. How can this happen?
Carol McIntosh, Caterham, Surrey

Why do we still count votes? Weighing them would be far faster and just as accurate, otherwise the banks wouldn't use this method.
Alan Ross, Bushey, Herts

Ruth Kelly has just said, "It's always tight in the marginal seats". Really?
Adrian Mugridge, Chester, UK

I find it rather disturbing that the abuse of postal votes has put a country with such international standing as the UK under such, apparently necessary, scrutiny.
Jenny, Bridlington, Yorkshire

I am stunned and amazed at the speed of the campaign
Pete Comas, New York City

As an outsider, I must say that I am stunned and amazed at the speed of the campaign. Choosing presidents seems to be an 18 - 24 month process over here. One comment about those who were denied a ballot: In the States, we generally allow everyone who attempts to vote to vote. Most places will segregate the ballots of those who had questionable eligibility (not registered, etc.) and only count that ballot when eligibility can be verified. Why doesn't the UK play it safer and adopt such a system, rather than disenfranchising people who might in fact be eligible to cast ballots?
Pete Comas, New York City

The whole political agenda is shifting from consensus within parties to leadership directive. Could one argue that many ordinary voters are reflecting this in self disenfranchisement?
Peter Marnoch, Western Isles, UK

A dull TV-led campaign
Simon Fysh, Conwy Wales
This was a dull TV-led campaign focusing on the three leaders and a small group of policies. Another low turn out. A very sad day for democracy - the most precious right we have.
Simon Fysh, Conwy, Wales

The election is not show business or entertainment. It's about issues. So why are people complaining that it was boring and then also complaining about spin? I've found it quite interesting. Howard's campaign has been ineffective, Kennedy has performed well despite facing sometimes hostile receptions and Blair has been remarkable. At the end of the day it's about making a choice.
Lee Newham, London

If the major parties focused on their policies and manifestoes then people may care enough to vote. I think posters criticizing individual personalities hardly constitutes an election campaign. No wonder there are such low turnouts at the polls
Anon, Bristol, North Somerset

The swingometer ought to be three dimensional. Peter Snow only talked about the 4% swing at Sunderland South from Labour to Conservative, and not about the bigger swing to the Liberal Democrats. I believe that the Liberal Democrats will gain considerably more seats than that predicted by the exit poll, so that we could finish with a hung parliament.
Mike Goodrich, Leicester

It is going to be a long night. Labour should be very worried.
David, Saffron Walden

I voted with my feet - I emigrated
Jason, Detroit
I voted with my feet - I emigrated. Better to do this than live with another four years of Tony Blair.
Jason, Detroit

I wanted to vote today, but nobody in my house received a polling card. We went down to our designated polling station after being given directions and gave our details there, but were told that we could not vote and were turned away. We pay our council tax, so why won't they let us vote? I am very disappointed.
Emma, Barry, South Wales

If William Hague was the leader of the Conservatives during this election, he would have beaten Tony Blair. It looks like a new election will be called in the near future. Hopefully, Howard will be replaced with someone like Hague or even IDS.
Frank, Swindon, Wiltshire

I am in the US and eight hours behind the UK, so whilst I am at work this afternoon I will be able to watch the results come in via the BBC website - If Labour win I hope they will learn from their mistakes in the last term and try and heal some wounds and make good on their at home policies
William Lee, Portland, OR, USA (ex UK)

Perhaps Tony Blair will start to listen more
Stephen McAuliffe, Canterbury

Perhaps Tony Blair will start to listen more to the feelings in the country over issues such as ID cards and his desire to stick next to George Bush. A drop in parliamentary majority will hopefully force him to consider the electorate more than once every four years.
Stephen McAuliffe, Canterbury, Kent, UK

When will politicians realise that voter apathy is not the cause of low turn-out, it's being lied to by all parties, and the negative campaigning of all. If there were a party you could genuinely believe in voter turnout would be much higher.
Gavin Muncaster, Isle of Wight

Will postal votes be counted separately from ballot votes, and if yes: will their separated out figures be made clear in the results?
Maria Bremridge, Battersea, Middlesex

There are so many people that I know who did not vote but would be prepared to vote on Big Brother. What can politicians do to turn people back onto politics?
Chris Parker, West Malling, Kent

Perhaps a clear abstain option should be marked on all ballots
Anthony Rushton, Manchester
The voter turn out will be very interesting in this election, but shouldn't we be looking at the number of abstain votes or spoiled ballots. Why is voter turn out low? Is it that people cannot be bothered or that they don't wish to vote for the current politicians? Perhaps a clear abstain option should be marked on all ballots.
Anthony Rushton, Manchester, UK

Until there is reform in the parliamentary system and an end to party politics, I doubt we will ever have anybody in power that cares about anything other than being in power. Sad but true. What I see in parliament is not democracy for the common person.
Peter Webb, UK

At the polling station here, there was no sign of apathy - all the staff were amazed (and rather caught out) by the volume of students voting. The queues of people waiting to fulfil their democratic privilege were about half an hour long!
Alex Norman, Cambridge, UK

I do feel that the level of 'mudslinging' in the lead up to the election has done very little to reinforce the public's opinion or trustworthiness of our political decision makers.
Richard, Camberley, Surrey

Spare a thought for disenfranchised overseas voters
Chris Rhodes, France
Spare a thought for disenfranchised overseas voters. As the results come in I've still not received my ballot paper. Apparently all postal votes are sent at the same time, regardless of whether they are going to addresses in the UK or abroad. The same thing happened last year for the European elections so I rang to ask for it to be sent sooner, but was told that wasn't possible. Isn't democracy great!
Chris Rhodes, France

Something to choose between is an essential feature of an election - sadly missing this time round.
John Timmis, Warrington North, UK

First exit polls suggest Labour is back in. What a disaster for the nation. Another term of spin and lies. Let's see which promise he breaks first.
Tony, Sheffield

In a seat which is one of the most marginal - not a single door knock from any party and only one flyer (and I live in the town itself) - any surprise if it is a low turnout? I get the feeling that my vote or opinions are not wanted. Political class with its own agendas instead of following public views.
Andrew Rutherford, Kettering

Strange how New Labour has come to stand for so much of what the Tory party did and Lib Dem represents what used to be traditional Labour ground... but will the results reflect the disillusionment so many feel?
Sharon Malyan, Coulsdon, Surrey

Don't think much of the exit poll - when I put the figures in your seat calculator, Labour has a majority of 100+. What's going on? Answer - exit polls fill the first hour on election night and have no other useful purpose...
Philip Bradley, Tooting, London

I'm slightly worried about the result here in Oxford East. The monster raving loony party entered a candidate called Blair and it was first on the list. I spoke to lots of people who got confused and ticked his box. Will we have a new MP?
Kevin, Oxford

This has been the worst campaign I have experienced and I have seen several (I am 41). I have ignored most of the media, most of the concentration on the leaders and I have read the manifesto I wanted. But I have voted because I care and value the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom.
Nigel Gaen, Cardiff, Wales

What a fabulous spread of BBC presenters for the show tonight! A splash of beauty from Fiona Bruce will certainly enlighten the end of such a dull campaign!
Christopher, Newcastle, England

How can you possibly declare a result when so many people like myself, have been refused a vote because we apparently are not registered at our home addresses? My partner and I have paid council tax at this address for two years but when we went to vote earlier we were told we were not registered! Absolutely disgraceful. It's a major fraud that is rife in many parts of the Midlands and should be investigated immediately.
Harvey Pope, Warwick, Warwickshire

I think we'll see a much better turn out this year than 2001
Emma, Edinburgh
Voting for the first time this year, I think this has been a very interesting election overall. Perhaps we know the leadership is unlikely to change, but other parties certainly have the potential to shift the weight of parliamentary seats. I think we'll see a much better turn out this year than 2001.
Emma, Edinburgh, UK

I only found out what day the election was this morning from a neighbour when walking the dog! I didn't have time to vote this morning after I found out, and because I got home at 10:30pm didn't have a chance this evening either. Maybe they should have late opening? So I have voted in 0 out of 2 general elections, I wonder if I'll vote in the next one?
Sandy Thomson, Midlothian

We were refused a voting paper after queuing in the polling station for a total of 1.5 hours on 3 separate visits us and 70 others were denied our vote because the polling station was undermanned
Janet Butterworth, Preston, Lancashire

So, people are complaining that the polls close at 21:58? It just goes to show that people's priorities are so very wrong! If anything, this election has showed that people are tired of the nit-picking, points-scoring that all the parties are guilty of. To all politicians - please grow up, or the electorate will lose all interest in you.
James Robson, Scotland

I'm a first time voter and have looked forward to this opportunity for a good few years. I doubt there were many who grinned their way to the polls after having read in detail all the leafleting and checked out internet sites on each of the parties policies. However I only received one piece of individual party info - Do these parties really want the vote of the 'virgin voter'? I wonder how many 18 year olds registered, let alone turned up to vote?
Hannah Salter, Exeter, Devon

Most students seem to be well-informed about the issues, but apathetic towards their consequences
Michael Disley, Bangor, Wales
I'm a university student in this part of the world, and today I travelled the twelve miles to my home village to vote in my former primary school on Anglesey. I've been very surprised at the apathy towards the election among my fellow students - one would think, with the advent of "top-up" fees and the massive increase in the number of students over recent years that this election was very relevant to my age group. Most students seem to be well-informed about the issues, but apathetic towards their consequences. I just hope that the turnout increases drastically this time around - but I doubt it.
Michael Disley, Bangor, Wales, UK

I was at the polling station 20 minutes after it opened. Voting is a fundamental right which everyone should use irrespective of what party they support. A vote is of infinite more value than no vote.
Michael Pala, Luton, UK

It's over, YES!
Kiv, Guildford

We don't get to choose very often, and the choice of candidates is often very poor. Furthermore our voting system led in 2001 to the government having a 2/3 majority in the Commons after gaining the vote of only 18% of the population. This year I have been prevented from voting because I have moved house. I would like to suggest that we could substantially improve our own democracy before thinking any more about exporting its supposed virtues to other countries.
Richard, Cardiff

How many people have had a visit from any of the candidates in their area? In days of old candidates held election meetings around their constituencies to sell themselves to their electors and were capable of holding their own in a public meeting. All of that seems to have gone. No wonder there is such apathy amongst the voting population. If the candidates can't be bothered why should the voters.
Peter, Billericay

It is time that the Labour Party remembered the Thatcher years and changed the system to PR. PR is a fair system and for that reason is rejected by the party in power. It would be the one good thing to come from a hung parliament. Change the system then have an election. A true hung parliament would not be good for the following years!
Nick Smith, UK

I am thoroughly bored with the election. I have not purchased a newspaper all week because I am trying to avoid the nonsense. I used to vote religiously. I have stopped voting because regardless of who wins nothing much of any good changes for the ordinary person. At one time you could recognise the difference in the parties... now they all seem the same.
Mags, Edinburgh

If the result is as the exit poll shows I am not terribly unhappy. I voted Labour because although their foreign policy is abysmal, their policies at home have been very good. However, I do understand the anger over the war.
Zoe Brigley, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK

I thought all the campaigns were very negative, which put me off voting at all.
Emma Farrell, Braintree, England

I must agree that this has been the most boring election campaign I can remember. Even Prescott's punch made the last campaign lively.
Graeme Phillips, Guildford, UK

Firstly you don't need your polling card to vote, just as long as you are a registered voter. I didn't have my card either. I voted Labour, not least because of the dishonest and unprincipled campaign run by Michael Howard. His approach will have worked to some extend, which is very worrying for future elections and will have damaged the public's view of politicians even further.
Vince, Coventry

I voted Labour today, with pride in what the PM and the government have achieved over the past eight years. I believe that much of the media have played a decisive role in this election and the handling of what the media sees as important issues. My one criticism of the last two Labour governments is that it has failed to blow its own trumpet enough. I remember too well the misery of 19 years of Toryism, and hope to God that we never have to go there again!
Kim Howell, Swansea, UK

My views, I hope my boss doesn't sack me for being late in. I will not sleep until I have seen the majority of the seats. Why are elections not on a Friday night with extended pub opening!
Barry M, Warrington

Only the three main parties and UKIP were standing in my constituency. I am a Green Party supporter. Ever since the deposit was put up to astronomical levels, there has been virtually no choice at the ballot box. No choice, no vote and therefore no democracy.
Darren Nicholls, Tunbridge Wells, UK

Do you think that declining turnout represents a serious threat to our concept of democracy? What happens if it keeps falling?
Dean Broadbent, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire

I voted Lib Dem in a constituency that would return a Labrador provided it had a blue rosette on. It won't make much difference - Labour will get back in with a majority in Parliament but a minority of the total votes cast. 60% of the population disenfranchised is not a democracy.
T Dub, Hampshire

I am just worried about how much the issue of immigration has played in this election campaign. Only time will tell.
Michael, Edinburgh

Why are pundits reading result off exit poll and assuming uniform swing to Con when it's bound to vary in many marginals? One might expect tactical voting to keep Tories out, so an increasing number of Lab seats and bigger Lab majority.
David Alfred, Brighton

Both I and my husband have not even received our voting cards. The council know where we live when sending us our council tax bill, so they can't say they mislaid them. How many more people have not received theirs?
Alice Avery, Bradford Yorkshire

The general standard of living has risen so much under Labour
Jon, Liverpool, UK
I know a lot of people who didn't vote. Basically I think that in truth, and regardless of views over Iraq, the general standard of living has risen so much under Labour that there is nothing to really get motivated about. Unlike many previous governments I have lived under I don't see any real groundswell of feeling that something needs to change?
Jon, Liverpool, UK

Living in Philadelphia I had to use a postal vote. We only got it last Friday and had to spend $40 to Fed Ex it over so that it would be there in time. Nevertheless, I feel it is important to vote - and it was cheaper than a plane ticket!
Sarah, USA (ex Manchester)

Sarah, Luton: It doesn't matter if you haven't received your polling card, you could still have voted without it. The polling card system is really there to help speed up the process of voting.
Vince Warrington, Leicester

I supported the Conservatives into today's elections. I have been dreaming since the start of the campaign that on 6 May, we would see Blair leaving Downing Street and Howard entering!
Ian Johnston, Dumfries and Galloway, UK

The most boring election that I can remember.
Max, London, UK

Tony Blair should win
Subramanian Ramasamy, Malaysia

Whatever the result, one thing is clear - We need proportional representation as soon as possible if democracy is to mean anything in the UK.
Trevor, Worthing, UK

Jean-Jacque Rousseau said that the British were only free on Election Day - the rest of the time they were slaves to Parliament. It looks as if the slaves have come out to vote for more slavery, more controls, more taxes, and more prohibitions. Farewell my country, it was nice knowing you.
Dr Alexander Moseley, Melton Mowbray

Thank you once again. For many years I have stayed up for the result. Within minutes you have a exit poll for the result. Why should I stay up you have once again you ruined it for me.
M Davies, Pontypridd, Wales

I hope Charles Kennedy gains more seats from Labour and the Tories. It is time for change in leadership and they are more honest.
Gillian Cockburn, Stourbridge, West Midlands

I would like to know how many other people did not receive their polling card, like myself. How can the result be valid if this has happened to many people?
Sarah, Luton, UK

The polls closed at 2200 BST? Not in Sunderland South, they didn't. My polling station closed at 21:58 and 35 seconds later at 21:58:35 the ballot box was off the premises being sped away in a van. Let's break the rules to break a pointless record? So much for democracy.
Sunderland South voter, Sunderland

To Sunderland South voter: Are you sure your watch isn't a couple of minutes slow?
Vince Warrington, Leicester

In 1997 and 2001, Conservative leaders John Major and William Hague resigned their positions after their defeat. Are there any other precedents for this, and how likely is it that either Blair or Howard will resign if they lose the election?
Andy Shaw, Droitwich, UK

It is not just a question of trust it is also I believe a question of style
Mark, Braintree
We have followed the election closely and have been most impressed with the Conservatives. Clearly, Michael Howard is not as 'polished' as Blair but I think for many people Blair has lost the country. It is not just a question of trust it is also I believe a question of style. For us, the Labour party have become a very arrogant party, shown in the way the PM and his ministers conduct themselves in interviews.

They seem to always think they are correct and always seem to what blame somebody else - either the interviewer for not wanting to ask the questions they want to answer or the Conservatives or Lib Dems for raising subjects they find uncomfortable. For New Labour's first election win we voted for them - we felt they deserved a chance to move the country forward. However, eight years later we just do not feel the country has moved forward.
Mark, Braintree

Seems like a good turnout here, although voting in a sports field changing room is not an incentive for anyone! My guess is no big changes in the House.
Dave Huggett, Andover, Hampshire





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