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British Elections: Tories/David Cameron with a weak victory, no majority but will seek to form government.

Cameron wins, Brown probably stays? (Getty Images)

David Cameron will fall 19 seats short of a Commons majority, according to a joint BBC/Sky/ITV exit poll.

The Conservatives would have 307 MPs, up 97 on 2005, Labour would have 255, down 94, and the Lib Dems 59, down 3. Nationalists and others would have 29.

That means Labour and the Lib Dems together could not have a majority.READ MORE HERE

But, why does the British elections matter for americans?
The way Britain is governed is important for Americans because the United Kingdom is in many ways the United States’ closest ally, and British global influence, while declining, is still significant. The United Kingdom is a strategic nuclear power (thanks to cooperation with the United States), a permanent veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, a member of both the G-7 and G-20 groups of leading countries, and one of the six nations leading efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear problem.

Militarily, Britain is the second-biggest provider of troops, after the United States, to the coalition in Afghanistan (as it was in Iraq) and is usually the ally most ready to fight alongside American forces. This helps provide legitimacy for U.S. interventions, both internationally and in U.S. domestic opinion, and also makes other European allies more likely to join such coalitions. The two countries cooperate closely in intelligence and counterterrorism operations, and their relations are marked by a high degree of mutual trust.
Diplomatically, the United States and the United Kingdom often take much the same line in the UN Security Council and cooperate in framing draft resolutions. Britain and the United States tend to see world problems in much the same light and to agree on the need for action-when other countries are more prepared to live with difficult situations. Washington is also generally grateful for British influence in the European Union, where London’s position is sometimes closer to Washington’s than to that of some other EU members. Britain is the most reliable free trader of the main EU member countries, and it shares similar though not always identical views with the United States on international finance-not least because New York and London are the world’s two leading financial centers. READ MORE HERE

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