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Political leaders mark VE Day anniversary at Cenotaph

Prime Minister David Cameron stood alongside Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg at the Cenotaph.

Newly re-elected David Cameron has been joined by Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg at the Cenotaph to observe the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron joined Winston Churchill's great-grandson Randolph at the VE Day memorial event in central London.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also joined the Prime Minister and the outgoing Labour and Lib Dem leaders in marking a two minute silence alongside veterans of the Second World War.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon followed Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband and Mr Clegg in laying a wreath at the Cenotaph.


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David Cameron pays tribute to Clegg and Miliband

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to the leaders of the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties.

Opening his speech outside Downing Street, having been to see the Queen to request permission to start a government, Mr Cameron paid tribute to his former coalition partner Nick Clegg and Labour opponent Ed Miliband.

I have been proud to lead the first coalition government in 70 years and I want to thank all those who worked so hard to make it a success.

And in particular, on this day, Nick Clegg.

Ed Miliband rang me this morning to wish me luck with the new government, it was a typically generous gesture, from someone who is clearly in public service for all the right reasons.

– David Cameron

Calder Valley: If you don't win, sing

Protest singer, and defeated candidate for Calder Valley, Joe Stead, took up his banjo following the declaration of the constituency's result.

Joe Stead breaks into song following the declaration

His fun was cut short however, by the returning officer.

Craig Whittaker held the seat for the Tories with 23,354 votes, while Stead, representing the World Peace Through Song party gained only 165 votes:

Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour Party saying he takes "absolute and total responsibility" for the party's defeat.

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour party Credit: Press Association

Mr Miliband held on to his Doncaster North seat, but quit after a dramatic election night where his party was virtually wiped out in Scotland and David Cameron was on the way to a Commons majority.

This is not the speech I wanted to give today.

Earlier today I rang David Cameron and congratulated him. I take absolute and total responsibility for the result and out defeat at this election.

Britain needs a strong Labour party and now it's time for someone else to take forward the leadership.

So I am tendering my resignation.

– Ed Miliband

He told them he was looking forward to spending more time with his family and he thanked the British people for their involvement in his campaign.

"Thank you for the selfies, thank you for the support," he said.

"And thank you for the most unlikely cult of the 21st century - Milifandom."


Nick Clegg resigns as Lib Dem leader

Nick Clegg has announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Nick Clegg has announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats Credit: Press Association

His party suffered huge losses across the country, winning only eight seats, in a disastrous night for his leadership; a night where he also lost the position of Deputy Prime Minister following the end of the coalition with the Conservative Party:

It is simply been heartbreaking to see so many friends and colleagues who have served their constituents so diligently, over so many years, abruptly lose their seats because of forces entirely beyond their control.

I always expected this election to be exceptionally difficult for the Liberal Democrats given the heavy responsibilities we have had to bear in government in the most challenging of circumstances.

But clearly the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared. For that, of course, I must take responsibility.

– Nick Clegg MP

Watch Live: Nick Clegg statement after party losses

The former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to make a statement about his position after election results that saw the Liberal Democrat representation in the House of Commons slashed.

Cabinet ministers Danny Alexander, Vince Cable and Ed Davey lost their seats in what looks likely to be the worst election result ever for the party.

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