It was a night that no one had anticipated. The polls were deadlocked, the Conservative and Labour high commands were both equally nervous and no one was willing to call it. However, when the results started to come in the outcome really striking.
We had heard of a late surge for both Labour and the Tories but only one was correct. The Chancellor for many days had been quietly confident and he was absolutely right to be so. A total Conservative vote share of around 37% and a seat tally which looks set to hit 325 really has exceeded all expectations. Despite concerns around the risks of a hung parliament the result has been a decisive one with the Conservatives picking up votes in the most challenging of marginal seats.
The results are in and we have a much strengthened Conservative administration, a triumphant SNP, a Labour Party left licking its wounds and the Lib Dems questioning why they ever decided to go into Coalition in 2010.