By Derrick Kiplagat
David Cameron will be spending the weekend finalising on an all-Conservative Cabined after his party scooped the majority.
The Prime Minister has already re-appointed Chancellor George Osborne who has also been made the first Secretary of State. Theresa May, Philip Hammond and Michael Fallon retain their jobs at the Home Office, Foreign Office and Defence respectively as more announcements are set to be made on Monday.
Meanwhile, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg resigned on Friday due to elections disappointments, leaving their parties to look for replacements to lead opposition to the new government.
The Premier has promised to lead a government for one nation. His Conservative Party has won its first majority since 1992 with 331 seats. He has already spoken to Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon, whose party swept 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland.
SNP is, however, expected to press for more devolved powers for the Scottish Parliament, going beyond what was proposed by the Smith Commission after last year’s Independence referendum. Speaking on Friday at dawn, Cameron said he would “Stay true to my word and implement as fast as I can the devolution that all parties agreed for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
He is expected to spend the next 48 hours structuring his government. There will be more jobs available to Conservative MPs now that the party is governing alone rather than in coalition with the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems).
As he decides who will sit around his top table, the Prime Minister will need to replace Lib Dems who held cabinet post in the coalition government- such as former Business Secretary Vince Cable, Energy Secretary Ed Davey and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, who all lost their votes in Thursday’s elections.
Cameron will now be tasked with the responsibility of leading a nation without the comfort of a strong majority in the House of Commons. While the conservatives won in England, the Scottish National Party triumphed in Scotland, Labour was victorious in Wales and the Democratic Unionist Party won in Northern Ireland. Against a backdrop in internal division, Cameron has promised the British public a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union.
Speaking on Friday morning, Cameron said: “I would like my party to reclaim the mantle that we should never have lost. The Mantle of the Nation One United Kingdom.”
His political strategy to bring in Scottish nationalists to give support to his Conservative party worked as it helped him win mysteriously. Many feared that a vote for the Labour Party in England would allow the Scottish National Party to seize too much influence in Westminster. Whatever the argument that eventually secured victory, the scale of the Conservatives’ unforeseen victory is destined to become a case study for political advisers and historians around the world.