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Clegg: Britain robbed of one of the most gifted politicians

The death of Charles Kennedy has robbed Britain of "one of the most gifted politicians of his generation", Nick Clegg has said.

Nick Clegg with Charles Kennedy in 2010. Credit: PA Wire

Paying tribute to his predecessor as Liberal Democrat leader, Mr Clegg said: "Charles's untimely death robs Britain of one of the most gifted politicians of his generation.

"Charles devoted his life to public service, yet he had an unusual gift for speaking about politics with humour and humility which touched people well beyond the world of politics.

"He was one of the most gentle and unflappable politicians I have ever known, yet he was immensely courageous too not least when he spoke for the country against the invasion of Iraq."

Rifkind 'not surprised to be banned from Russia'

Sir Malcolm Rifkind told ITV News he is "not particularly surprised" that he is among 89 European Union politicians and other senior figures who have been banned from entering Russia.

The former Foreign Secretary said President Putin has "that sort of little tantrum every so often."

I'm not particularly surprised, Mr Putin tends to go in for that sort of little tantrum every so often and they clearly are feeling that the sanctions are having an effect, they are realising that their economy will continue to be damaged unless they approach the Ukraine issue in a diplomatic way, rather than misuse of their military forces.

– Sir Malcolm Rifkind

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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.

Watch Live: Nick Clegg statement after party losses

The former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to make a statement about his position after election results that saw the Liberal Democrat representation in the House of Commons slashed.

Cabinet ministers Danny Alexander, Vince Cable and Ed Davey lost their seats in what looks likely to be the worst election result ever for the party.

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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.

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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.

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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