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    Posted on May 9, 2015

    The General Election Result In Maps. Lots Of Maps.

    I love maps and I love politics so when these things come together I get ridiculously excited.

    Let's start with the standard results map

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    Here's the BBC results map, complete with exciting zoomy functionality.

    Which, as you all spotted, looks (a bit) like Maggie Simpson.

    Though some were sceptical of mapfandom...

    The only way the UK map looks like Maggie Simpson is if she was shot a few times then run over by a steamroller.

    ... there was so much love for maps they began to be seen everywhere

    This person was so excited by maps he stitched the results LIVE

    Not my best stitching, but my fastest... Now to take it outside and BURN IT!#UK2015GeneralElectionResultsLiveStitch

    (And yes I thought it was a woman doing the stitching when I first wrote this which is obviously sexist AND STUPID because his name is just there!)

    And these people aimed to get a tweet from every constituency and stick it on a exciting giant map

    Here lies the rubble of #electionnightchallenge. With 350-odd constituencies, I think we've done better than Labour.

    I don't know why they did it but who cares, it's fabulous #electionnightchallenge

    The other exciting election map is the one where each constituency is the same size

    Telegraph / Via telegraph.co.uk

    Because a lot of Labour support is in urban areas in London and the North, it doesn't turn up on a geographical map so sometimes this map is used.

    It is also a bit Simpson like.

    The BBC used this style of map outside their London headquarters

    BBC election map has now changed into Spider-Man getting a custard pie in the face #GE2015

    Although the BBC's choice of map was controversial and criticised by the Daily Mail

    The Guardian made a similar kind of map but slightly different

    Guardian / Via theguardian.com

    I'm not sure why it looks like this but I don't really want to ask because the reasons are probably very smart and impossible to understand.

    There are LOTS of maps on the BBC website

    They're mad for it.

    This map shows where where Conservative support is highest...

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    And the same for Labour...

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    UKIP...

    Not quite the purple rash Nigel Farage talked about. More like a bruise.

    Liberal Democrats...

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    That orange-brown spot in the middle is Westmoreland & Lonsdale - seemingly the one place in England that properly loves the Liberal Democrats. (Tim Farron's constituency if you're interested.)

    Greens...

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    (The white spots represent either gaps in the data, or where the party didn't put up a candidate)

    The SNP (basically a map of Scotland)

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    And Plaid Cymru...

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    The BBC love maps so much they've even done one for turnout but they used a horrible green colour

    BBC / Via bbc.co.uk

    With so many parties, each needing a different colour, there were only a few options left I suppose.

    This is an alternative turnout map

    In a bid to see which parts of the country are most lazy I made this map, highlighting *low* turnout rather than high. The darkest red is where turnout was under 53%.

    Interestingly there seems a correlation between low turnout and areas that vote Labour

    The Guardian have also made what look like weather maps but are actually very clever

    Via theguardian.com

    This is where Labour gained support...

    And this map shows where Labour lost support.

    Guardian / Via theguardian.com

    Windy in Scotland...

    This is where the Liberal Democrats gained support

    Guardian / Via theguardian.com

    Awkward.

    UKIP gained support (if not seats) all over England.

    Guardian / Via theguardian.com

    And this is where they lost support...

    This exciting map highlights TWO constituencies where UKIP lost support.

    Both Orkney & Shetland and East Dunbartonshire have turned their back on UKIP. The next party leader will have to pay attention to this crisis.

    This is a map of who came second in each constituency:

    DODS / Via Twitter: @JoeMurphyLondon

    Better news for UKIP in this map of the silver-medallists.

    Someone made a map showing the gender breakdown of the new MPs using the colours pink and blue

    DODS / Via bbc.in

    The Guardian tells me that women "now make up 29% of the new intake, up from 22% in 2010 – thanks largely to Labour, whose new MPs make up 43% of Labour’s share, helped too by the SNP intake, of whom more than a third (36%) are women."

    Someone drew a map to show how Labour support coincides with the areas where there used to be coal mining

    Do I get a prize for this? Distribution of Labour seats compared to England and Wales coalfields.

    Ooo! A slidey map!

    Independent / Via independent.co.uk

    You can play with it here.

    I love maps so much I got the Free Speech team involved for election night and it was a wild, wild success

    The election colouring-in map is here! #GE2015

    People retweeted this piece of social media genius 18 times!

    First result for the @BBCFreeSpeech live election graphics system. 349 to go.

    Favourite constituency names we've come across whilst map colouring: 1. Brigg & Goole 2. South Holland & The Deepings 3. Gordon #TheVote

    Latest election situation on the Free Speech interactive graphic display

    Key parts of electoral history were recorded

    Should've bought a pot of blue paint and a roller. #GE2015

    Though eventually we ran out of awakeness and gave up

    At some point around 5am in a sleep deprived haze we fell behind on this project

    If you spot any other politics maps please do let me know because they are very exciting

    Tweet me at @brenkjm

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