Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron has appealed for an end to "absolutely foolish" calls for Nick Clegg to quit as party leader.
In a call for unity Mr Farron said: "Nick Clegg should undoubtedly stay and the Liberal Democrats should stay the course in Government."
He told The Andrew Marr Show: "I have lost elections before and it is miserable, and I also understand why these people will feel that the message that they got back on the doorstep, that they don't like us being in government and so on, is a really difficult one.
"But I just think, at this time, it would be absolutely foolish for us as a party to turn on ourselves."
The Liberal Democrats have criticised their Conservative coalition partners for being inconsistent and warned their flagship housing policy could do more harm than good.
Speaking at the party's conference in Glasgow, Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron said:
Lib Dems called it right in May 2010 - we see the evidence slowly emerging of a stronger economy, with higher growth and lower unemployment.
But only the complacent would think that we're out of the woods. And there's some who seem content to steer us straight back into those woods. We still face the danger of a re-inflating housing market, unsustainable growth fed by cheap credit and real growth thwarted for want of skills.
Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron told ITV News it was "daft" to suggest that companies have a "social duty" to employ young British workers rather than better-qualified immigrants.
Earlier Conservative Business Minister Matthew Hancock said firms have a responsibility to ensure young people in the communities where they are based are given the opportunity to get a job and get on in life.
Mr Farron added: "If the Tories really believe that they wouldn't have employed the Australian Lynton Crosby to run their election campaign."
Regulators at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) deleted a review of its failure to act on concerns about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, a report will say today.
One of the local MPs, the Lib Dem president Tim Farron, told Daybreak that the alleged cover-up "is absolutely appalling."
He said: "I'm afraid it doesn't tell us anything we didn't already suspect.
"We knew that after the tragic death of Joshua Titcombe (who died nine days after his birth at Furness General Hospital in 2008) that the CQC conducted a review in 2010 and declared the maternity provision safe and sound.
"Decisions were made in that period of time based upon the apparent soundness of maternity in Morecambe Bay. Clearly it wasn't safe and it wasn't sound.
"There is every chance that people lost their lives in the years that followed because of, at least at best, a shockingly incompetent review by CQC."
Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has described the result in South Shields as "shocking" for his party, but insisted the outcome did not represent the whole picture.
Mr Farron told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:"The Westminster battlegrounds are where it is at and for the Lib Dems, South Shields is one extreme where we have got little strength on the ground and have been obliterated.
"Then you look at other places like Cheltenham, Taunton, Eastbourne, hopefully west London, places like West Dorset where we have got to win at the next election where we are doing extremely well.
"Most of our battles are against the Tories and against the Tories we are doing very well."