Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

2010 UK General Election Results

Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Cornish voters went to the polling stations on 6 May to elect members to the United Kingdom’s Parliament.

Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Cornish voters went to the polling stations on 6 May to elect members to the United Kingdom’s Parliament.

The Labour Party won the UK General Election 2010 in Scotland and Wales, however the United Kingdom will be governed by a Conservative and Liberal-Democrats coalition as the tories won the largest number of votes in England.

Wales' Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party presented a joint policy programme during the campaign and said they would join forces in London to "create a formidable block of Celtic Mps" which would lobby for more powers for the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish government.


Scotland: Scottish Labour wins with more than 40% of the vote

UK election results in Scotland
41 MPs – Scottish Labour Party
11 MPs – Scottish Liberal Democrats
6 MPs – Scottish National Party
1 MP – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Scotland's political map remained the same as the 2005 general election. With more than 40% of the vote, Labour won 41 out of Scotland's 59 seats in the UK Parliament.

The Scottish National Party secured 6 MPs with a 20% of the vote but failed to reach the 20 seat target it had set during the campaign.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats managed to secure their 11 seats despite losing 3.7% of the vote compared to the 2005 election, and the Tories remained with just one elected Scottish MP.


Wales: Labour still the nation's largest party with 36% of the vote

UK election results in Wales
26 MPs – Welsh Labour Party
8 MPs – Welsh Conservative and Unionist Party
3 MPs – Welsh Liberal Democrats
3 MP – Plaid Cymru

Welsh Labour had mixed fortunes as the party retained a clear majority of Welsh seats despite losing four MPs and obtaining their worst result since 1918 with 36.2% of the vote.

The Conservatives enjoyed their best result in Wales since 1987 with a rise from five seats in 2005 to eight MPs in 2010 and a popular vote of 26.1%.

The Liberal Democrats failed to reach Labour's disaffected voters and lost one of their MPs, and Plaid Cymru won three seats despite a slight fall in their share of the vote.


Northern Ireland: leaders of Unionist parties lose their seats

UK election results in Northern Ireland
8 MPs – Democratic Unionist Party
5 MPs – Sinn Féin
3 MPs – Social Democrat and Labour Party
1 MP – Alliance Party
1 MP – Independent (Lady Sylvia Hermon)

Northern Ireland's Unionist parties lost one MP each as both leaders of the two Unionist parties failed to win their seats at the UK general election.

DUP leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson lost his seat after a year of controversy over his private life and business links with a property developer.

The leader of the new Ulster Unionist Party/Conservative Alliance, Sir Reg Empey, also lost his seat at the UK Parliament, meaning that for the first time the UUP has no MPs in London. A few days after the election, Mr Empey announced that he would resign before the party conference.

Lady Sylvia Hermon, formerly a UUP candidate who left the party in disagreement with the new alliance with the British Conservatives, retained her seat as an independent.

The liberals' Alliance Party gained its first representation since 1974. Sinn Féin and the SLDP held their 5 and 3 seats respectively.


Cornwall: Tories win their first seats since 2001

UK election results in Cornwall
3 MPs - The Conservative and Unionist Party
3 MPs - Liberal Democrats

Voters in Cornwall sent to the UK Parliament three Liberal Democrat and three Conservative MPs.

The UK's swing towards the Conservative Party helped the Tories to get back on Cornwall's political map as the party won their first seats in the county since 2001.

The county's MPs in the UK Parliament were all Liberal Democrat after the 2005 election.

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