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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."

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Hague: Miliband could 'run Doncaster'

Ed Miliband could be running Doncaster by 2018 should his progress up the town's power list continue at its current rate, William Hague has said.

Ed Miliband could be running Doncaster by 2018 should his progress up the town's power list continue at its current rate, William Hague has said. Credit: Press Association

The senior Tory mocked the Labour leader in the Commons by noting he is regarded as the fourth most influential person in the list compiled for the Doncaster Free Press.

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband was judged to have less influence than One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, who was born in Doncaster, the council's chief executive and the town's elected mayor.

But MPs heard the Opposition leader's current ranking was a boost from last year's sixth.

To laughter, Tory backbencher Philip Davies (Shipley) told Commons Leader Mr Hague: "You were rather unfair to the leader of the Opposition.

"You were right he came fourth in the Doncaster power list but I thought it was churlish of you not to mention he'd gone up two places from last year from sixth."

Mr Hague replied: "It is a faster rate of advance than normal by (Mr Miliband) and it means he may be in with a chance of running Doncaster by the year 2018.

"So, I welcome your analysis on that."

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Miliband hits back over claims his father "hated Britain"

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his father following claims in a national newspaper that he hated Britain. David Cameron and Nick Clegg have also offered their support in response to the comments in the Daily Mail.

Mr Miliband said that his father, who came to Britain as a refugee fleeing the Nazis, loved and served Britain and also taught both his sons to do the same.

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