Election 2015: Miliband and Clegg resign party leaderships

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have both resigned from the leadership of their parties, following a disappointing election campaign.

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Labour leadership candidates pitch to activists

Candidates for the Labour leadership are to make their pitch to activists after the surprise withdrawal of favourite Chuka Umunna from the race.

Labour leadership candidates in pitch to activists Credit: PA

Declared contenders Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall are all due to speak at the annual conference of the Progress think tank - as is fellow frontbencher Tristram Hunt, who is also expected to run. The party is still digesting the news from Mr Umunna that he is dropping his bid to succeed Ed Miliband in the top job.

Just days after formally declaring his candidacy, the shadow business secretary said he had "very real concerns" about the impact of his ambitions on "those close to me".

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Labour announces new Shadow Cabinet

Labour has announced its new shadow cabinet today, with MPs Chris Leslie and Hilary Benn taking key roles as the party's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Chris Leslie and Hilary Benn are taking key roles in Labour's Shadow Cabinet Credit: PA

Acting leader Harriet Harman confirmed the appointments on the same day Prime Minister David Cameron announced his new cabinet.

Other appointments include:

  • Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary
  • Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Shadow State Justice Secretary
  • Rosie Winterton MP, Opposition Chief Whip
  • Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary
  • Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary
  • Rachel Reeves MP,Shadow State for Work and Pensions Secretary
  • Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Secretary
  • Vernon Coaker MP, Shadow Defence Secretary
  • Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary
  • Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary
  • Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People

Sadiq Khan asked not to be included in the new Shadow Cabinet but it is believed he may stand for London Mayor in future.

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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:

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