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Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg chat as they are sworn in

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg were seen deep in conversation as the two former leaders were sworn in as MPs today.

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg appear in deep conversation in the Commons. Credit: ITV News

Mr Miliband - fresh from a holiday after his election loss and subsequent resignation - appeared to skip the queue to join Mr Clegg, who also quit in the wake of the Liberal Democrats' disastrous defeat.

Mr Clegg was also seen speaking to Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland and the new MP for Gordon.

Before any of the 650 MPs can take part in a debate or vote in the House of Commons, they must swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown.

David Miliband: My heart goes out to Labour and Ed

Ed Miliband's brother, David, has sent his commiserations to Labour after the general election loss.

Ed beat his older brother to the Labour leadership in 2010.

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Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has stood down.

Mr Miliband quit after his party failed to secure enough seats in the House of Commons to form a Government.

His resignation follows those of Ukip's Nigel Farage and the Liberal Democrat's Nick Clegg.

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.

I am truly sorry I did not succeed, I have done my best for nearly five years.

– Ed Miliband

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Ed Miliband: Labour's staff are 'a credit' to the party

Ed Miliband has tweeted to say thank you to the Labour staff in wake of his defeat at the General Election.

He describes them as a credit to the party and to the country, and takes responsibility for Labour's loss.

Ed Miliband speaks to his party faithful Credit: Ed Miliband

Simon Danczuk 'understands' Miliband will resign

Labour MP for Rochdale Simon Danczuk said he "understands" Mr Miliband will be standing down but denied the party was in crisis.

I'm not suggesting everything is tickety-boo - quite the contrary, it's not been a good night for the Labour Party, there is no doubt about that. I don't believe it is a good night for the vast majority of people in the United Kingdom because I think they would have been better served by a Labour government. It's interesting times in which we find ourselves, politically, and what Labour now has to do is examine what went wrong with the election campaign, how we can get it right, how we can appeal to the electorate, whatever policies we need to talk more about. I understand Ed Miliband is going to announce he is standing down so yes, we will move towards a leadership election. I think that should be welcomed and it will be interesting to see who puts themselves forward.

– Simon Danczuk
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