The morning after the night before and Britain woke to its most inconclusive election result in decades.
Many papers focused on the political tug of war now taking place – others argued the UK’s voters had told their leaders to go hang.
For opposition conservative chief David Cameron the answer was clear.
‘‘The Labour government has lost its mandate to govern our country……..from these results is that the country, our country wants change. That change is going to require new leadership………At all times what I will do is put the national interest first to make sure we have a strong, stable government for our country,’‘ said Cameron.
Forming that strong, stable government will be no easy feat for Cameron’s conservatives having fallen well short of an absolute majority.
For the most solid outcome would to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats of Nick Clegg. But, on paper the two parties are not natural bed fellows.
'Labour has lost mandate to govern,' says Cameron