Britain's election: Conservatives one seat short of majority, says new BBC forecast

An exit poll predicting that the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron will be the largest part is projected onto BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place in London as voting finishes in Britain’s general election on May 7, 2015. --
An exit poll predicting that the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister David Cameron will be the largest part is projected onto BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place in London as voting finishes in Britain’s general election on May 7, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s Conservative party is poised to secure an effective parliamentary majority, a new BBC projection showed on Friday, with more than 70 per cent of results declared.

The Conservatives are on course to win 325 seats in the 650-seat parliament, which amounts to a working majority because four lawmakers from Northern Ireland’s Sinn Fein party will not vote.

An exit poll released on Thursday night as voting ended gave the Conservative 316 seats in the lower house of parliament and the main opposition Labour Party 239.