11 May 2015 - Reactions to conservative win
Labour leadership: Party braced for bloody fight ahead as at least 7 figures set to fight it out to replace Ed Miliband
Matt Dathan (The Independent)
A fierce Labour leadership battle has broken out just two days after Ed Miliband stood down, leading to fears of a bloody contest that could set the party fall back further after its worst election defeat in more than 20 years.
Only one - Liz Kendall - has declared she is running for the leadership so far but there are plenty of other candidates making very open hints that they will join her in the race.
Three of the party’s 2010 intake – Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt and Liz Kendall – have already said they are considering standing for leadership while others, including frontrunners Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham, are believed to be taking soundings before declaring their leadership bids.
Two outsiders – Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis and London Mayoral hopeful David Lammy – are also considering standing.
Marco Giannangeli (The Express)
However, he would not rule out a return as Ukip party leader and warned that the EU referendum “is really nagging at the back of my head”.
Mr Farage was back in Thanet yesterday, where had failed to win election as an MP. There was better news this time for his party, which gained control of its first council after gaining 33 seats.
Farage’s resignation speech as party leader was taken as terse by some supporters, and his decision to walk off the podium before other candidates had finished giving their speeches as uncharacteristically ungentlemanly. He defended the walkout, saying that Ukip had been subject to "dirty tricks" by Labour and he did not wish to share a stage with Labour's candidate.
Seth Lipsky (The New York Post)
The next big drama in Britain is going to be over whether it should leave the European Union. The clearest promise Prime Minister David Cameron made in his winning re-election campaign was that he would hold an in-or-out referendum on Europe by 2017.
“A new existential crisis” is the way the prospect is being described by a headline writer in the London Guardian. It says the victory of the Conservative Party has brought the Brexit — as the British exit from Europe is known — a step closer.
“Nightmare” is the word headline writers in three countries put over the new possibility of the Brexit. Said the director of the Open Europe think tank, which wants Britain to stay in a reformed European Union, “It’s now getting real for people.”
Tim Ross (The Telegraph)
David Cameron started a dramatic battle to save the United Kingdom from break-up on Saturday night as Scottish nationalists prepared the ground for a new referendum on independence.
Fresh from a landslide election result, Alex Salmond declared that Scotland was closer than ever to separating from the UK.
After winning 56 out of 59 seats north of the border, Mr Salmond, who is now an MP, said the SNP’s near clean sweep was a “staging post” towards full independence.
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