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Former Labour leader Ed Miliband returns to Commons

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband returned to the Commons today to listen to a debate on recent allegations of corruption at Fifa.

Ed Miliband smiles at a colleague in the Commons

Although relegated from the front to the backbenches, Mr Miliband appeared to be in good spirits although at one point he did look a little glum.

Mr Miliband's expression becomes serious as he listens to the debate

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.


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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.

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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