1. Various of exit polls appearing on screen, people cheering
2. Various of people in auditorium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Roberta Jubelini, PhD of History:
"Surprised, surprised, we are talking about this, the last polls were showing something completely different, I am quite pleased with this, with this. It is something unexpected, definitely and quite surprisingly it's going well".
4. People sitting in the auditorium, drinking champagne
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rob Summers, London School of Economics Alumni:
"Very large numbers compared to what I was expecting for the conservatives, obviously people expecting, you know, much more uncertainty, equal numbers, but first-past-the-post system and that's what you get."
People cheered and gasped in surprise as exit polls for the UK general election predicted the Conservatives will be the largest party, gaining close to a majority.
In an auditorium at London's School of Economics some of those gathered waiting for the results said they were surprised at the Conservatives' lead in the exit poll, adding they expected the numbers to be tighter.
Exit polls showed conservatives will fall just short of a majority in the House of Commons - gaining 316 seats to 239 for the opposition Labour Party, British broadcaster Sky reported on Thursday night.