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Lord Ashdown urges people to give Nick Clegg 'space'

Lord Ashdown has urged people to give Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg "space" to decide his future after the party suffered heavy losses in the General Election.

Lord Ashdown said Mr Clegg was "arguably the most decent man in politics" and added that he remained "proud" of the campaign run by the party.

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Economy 'most discussed issue' in Danny Alexander's seat

The economy was the most talked about issue on Facebook in the constituency that Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander lost.

The issues most discussed on Facebook in the Inverness constituency. Credit: Facebook

Over the course of the election campaign, the economy, environment, tax, health and Europe were the most discussed issues in the Inverness constituency.

Clegg tweets soar to 79% of the real time conversation

Tweets about Nick Clegg have soared to 79% of the real time conversation on the social networking site - the highest of any leader over the course of the election campaign.

Nick Clegg tops the real time conversation about party leaders on Twitter. Credit: Twitter

Earlier the Lib Dem leader was on 59% after many senior party figures lost their seats.

Lib Dems 'took a lot of flack' for the Conservatives

The Liberal Democrats' rapid decline in popularity is to be blamed on their coalition with the Conservatives, Lib Dem blogger Giles Wilkes told ITV News.

Speaking in the Opinion Room, the Financial Times writer said the party have suffered for mistakes made by the Conservatives and never would have foreseen such a backlash.

Nick Clegg has held his Sheffield Hallam seat. Credit: PA Wire

"The result we're looking at here is off the scale of anything any Lib Dem has ever considered likely. They always thought being in government can make you unpopular, but they never thought it would release this sort of tidal wave against them," Wilkes said.

"Being in coalition certainly caused this. If they had not gone into coalition with the Tories, the Tories would not be re-elected right now. They took a lot of flack for the Tories."

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Clegg tweets 'highest of any leader' since polls closed

Nick Clegg is currently the most talked about leader on Twitter with 59% of the conversation - the highest of any leader since polls closed at 10pm.

The Lib Dem leader has held on to his Sheffield Hallam seat despite the loss of many senior party members.

Nick Clegg tops the real time conversation about party leaders on Twitter. Credit: Twitter

UPDATE: Tweets about Nick Clegg soared to 79% of the real time conversation shortly after the Lib Dem leader won his Sheffield Hallam seat.

Tories 'most discussed' on Facebook in Cable's former seat

The Conservatives were the most talked about party on Facebook in the constituency of Twickenham, where Business Secretary Vince Cable lost his seat.

Facebook released this graphic of the discussion in Twickenham. Credit: Twitter

Cable lost the seat he has held since 1997 to the Conservative candidate Tania Mathias.

Clegg 'most tweeted about leader' after Lib Dem losses

Nick Clegg is currently the most talked about leader on Twitter after the Lib Dems lost many key figures, including Vince Cable and Simon Hughes.

Nick Clegg tops the real time conversation about party leaders on Twitter. Credit: Twitter
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'Close, bloody close' in Nick Clegg's Sheffield seat

A Liberal Democrat source has told ITV News' Emily Morgan that it is "close, bloody close" in Nick Clegg's seat Sheffield Hallam.

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