Lord Ashdown: A bitter, bitter night for the Lib Dems

Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has called last night's European election results a "bitter, bitter night" for his party, but rejected calls for Nick Clegg to resign.

Speaking on Radio 4's World at One programme, he said the party should tolerate the poor mid-term election results in order to "put forward our case for our actions in government" at the 2015 general election.

He also said Mr Clegg remained "an asset to our party" who had shown "extraordinary courage" in his leadership of the Lib Dems.

Read: Clegg 'will not resign' after dismal Lib Dems election results

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Clegg insists Cable 'was not aware' of Oakeshott poll

Nick Clegg has insisted Vince Cable was not involved in a failed attempt to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader. During his regular Call Clegg show on LBC he said: "He was absolutely not aware of polls elsewhere."