However, Conservatives now have a higher proportion of seats and the vote than Labour, by a long margin.
The Conservatives have a higher proportion of the vote, and with a higher turnout, than Labour in 2005 got.
BBC predicting Conservatives will be 20 short of a majority, but even Labour and the Liberal Democrats together would be short.
Conservative-DUP, Alliance, independent, SNP, PC
Labour-Liberal Democrat-SNP, PC, SDLP
In other words, unless Nick Clegg does a deal with David Cameron, it will be Ulster, Welsh and Scottish parties that will decide who the PM will be.