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The 2011 English general election was held on May 2nd, 2011 as per the Constitution of the Republic of England. In contest were all 601 seats of the English Parliament, of which entering the election the Conservative Party controlled 342 and the Labour Party 259. The incumbent Prime Minister, Hugh Grant (MP) stood as leader of the Conservative Party against Jack Davenport, the newly elected leader of the Labour Party. As per the final results, the 2011-2014 English government will officially form and be sworn in on May 4th. As May 1st fell on a Sunday in 2011, the election was held the following day, as allowed for in the Constitution.
Preliminary results indicated that Labour had regained an extremely narrow majority in Parliament after being in the opposition for six years, with potentially as narrow a majority as seven seats, 304-297, but still making Jack Davenport the presumptive Prime Minister-elect.
The 2011 general election will, for only the second time in the Republic's history, be the incumbent Prime Minister's first as party leader, as Hugh Grant assumed the Premiership on October 23rd, 2008 (five and a half months after the general election) following then-Prime Minister Jeremy Irons' announcement that he would resign due to a scandal implicating his sons and investigative officers who granted them preferential treatment and obstructed the process of law due to their father's position. Grant won the December 15th, 2008 Conservative Party leadership election without opposition to continue on as Prime Minister.
Due to a healthy economy and the strength of the pound as an international currency, the Whigs were generally expected to win - however, Labour announced they will run on a largely social platform and included planks detailing the investment of government funds into clean energy, minority and LGBT rights, education reform and progressive subsidies while slashing interest rates and taxes, an unusually centrist approach for the liberal party. The March 4th-7th Labour Party Conference 2011 in Gateshead was well received and Jack Davenport, Labour's new, young and "long term" leader, emerged extremely popular.
It would require a gain of 42 seats for Labour to regain the majority. The Whigs could lose up to 41 seats and still maintain a 301-300 majority based on the "soft majority" law of the English Constitution.
With all recounts finished, the Labour Party has an eleven-seat majority, 306-295, giving them the needed soft majority in Parliament and making Jack Davenport the new Prime Minister of England, and making Hugh Grant the Leader of the Opposition. The election brought about the narrowest majority in English history.