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news poll results - how political map of Britain would have looked if left to you

Lib Dems in corridors of power according to your votes, as if that would ever happen... oh, hang on

Around an hour ago, David Cameron opened the door of Number 10 Downing Street to his new Deputy Prime Minister, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg – an historic moment, no doubt, but nothing compared to what would have happened had the country’s voters gone the same way as readers in last Thursday’s general election.

Our poll predicted a Lib Dem avalanche – the word “landslide” really doesn’t do it justice – that after we ran the percentage votes through the snazzy seat estimator gizmo on the BBC website predicted a map of Britain painted yellow, with the party winning 588 seats, Labour collapsing to 35 seats and the Conservatives winning just one. Other parties – mainly in Northern Ireland, plus Plaid Cymru in Wales and the Scottish National Party – accounted for the remaining 26 seats.

Okay, we’re not going to pretend that our poll, which asked you which party would be getting your vote in the election, was as scientific as the YouGov exit poll that accurately predicted a hung parliament with the Conservatives the largest party and the Liberal Democrats losing one seat despite predictions earlier in the campaign that they would increase their parliamentary presence as a result of Clegg’s performance in the first leadership debate.

A Lib Dem landslide? Dream on. Then again, you’d have got decent odds this time last week on Nick Clegg becoming Deputy Prime Minister.

Mindful that you’re probably as exhausted as we are with the whole voting process at the moment, we’re not going to put a new poll up right now, but watch out for another one soon here on… we can guarantee that whatever the Tories and Lib Dems have agreed, you won’t have to wait five years.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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iDavid | 14 years ago

Rejoice! Now we have not only a cycling London Mayor, but a cycling PM.

It's easy to underestimate the impact of a politician who sees transport through a cyclist's prism. He'll want to throw cyclists a few sweeties - perhaps a 3 Feet Please rule?

Just wish DC had Trekked across to Buckingham Palace to kiss one's hands. Now that would make him a cyclists' role model.

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