- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2015

The British Labour party took a drubbing in Britain’s parliamentary elections, but President Obama’s former top aide David Axelrod still pocketed a large sum of money.

Mr. Axelrod, who was described during the campaign as “a huge asset” by Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, made nearly $500,000, the Daily Mail reported Friday.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party won a majority in the 650-seat House of Commons; with 650 constituencies counted, his party had 331 seats to Labour’s 232.

“Congratulations to my friend @Messina2012 on his role in the resounding Conservative victory in Britain,” Axelrod wrote on Twitter early Friday morning. Jim Messina, President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, advised the Conservative Party.

“I’m truly sorry I did not succeed. We’ve come back before and this party will come back again,” Mr. Miliband said in reaction to his party’s losses, The Associated Press reported. He then stepped down as party chief.

Mr. Cameron said that the turnout for the conservatives was “the sweetest victory of all,” adding “The real reason to celebrate tonight, the real reason to be proud, the real reason to be excited is we are going to get the opportunity to serve our country again,” Reuters reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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