Election 2015: Miliband and Clegg resign party leaderships

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have both resigned from the leadership of their parties, following a disappointing election campaign.

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Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour Party saying he takes "absolute and total responsibility" for the party's defeat.

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour party Credit: Press Association

Mr Miliband held on to his Doncaster North seat, but quit after a dramatic election night where his party was virtually wiped out in Scotland and David Cameron was on the way to a Commons majority.

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.

– Ed Miliband

He told them he was looking forward to spending more time with his family and he thanked the British people for their involvement in his campaign.

"Thank you for the selfies, thank you for the support," he said.

"And thank you for the most unlikely cult of the 21st century - Milifandom."

Hilary Benn: We keep hope for the future

Hilary Benn, who won his seat of Leeds Central, says he continues to back Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour Party:

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Ed Balls refuses to speak to media after losing seat

Former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, refused to answer questions or speak to the media after losing his Morley and Outwood seat.

Balls lost out to Tory candidate, Andrea Jenkyns, by a small majority in a disappointing night for the Labour Party:

Nick Clegg resigns as Lib Dem leader

Nick Clegg has announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Nick Clegg has announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats Credit: Press Association

His party suffered huge losses across the country, winning only eight seats, in a disastrous night for his leadership; a night where he also lost the position of Deputy Prime Minister following the end of the coalition with the Conservative Party:

It is simply been heartbreaking to see so many friends and colleagues who have served their constituents so diligently, over so many years, abruptly lose their seats because of forces entirely beyond their control.

I always expected this election to be exceptionally difficult for the Liberal Democrats given the heavy responsibilities we have had to bear in government in the most challenging of circumstances.

But clearly the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared. For that, of course, I must take responsibility.

– Nick Clegg MP

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Clegg: A cruel and punishing night for Lib Dems

Nick Clegg has said it has been a "cruel and punishing" night for the Liberal Democrats, as he hinted that he was considering his future as party leader.

"It is now painfully clear, that this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats," Clegg said after holding onto his seat.

"The election has profound implications for the country. It also has profound implications for the Liberal Democrats.

"And I will be seeking to make further remarks about the implications of this election both for the country and for the party that I lead and for my position in the Liberal Democrats when I make remarks to my colleagues in the Liberal Democrats later this morning when I return to Westminster."

ITV News' Tom Bradby said Mr Clegg's speech sounded like it was a "resignation speech".

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Miliband will have to consider future, hints Straw

Ed Miliband should consider his future as Labour leader after a "depressing" performance at the general election, ex-foregn secretary Jack Straw has suggested.

Jack Straw. Credit: PA Wire

Asked if Mr Miliband would have to resign, he told Sky News: "It is for Mr Miliband to make up his mind about his future."

Mr Straw said the party faced "a desperate situation in Scotland and a pretty depressing situation in England and Wales" as David Cameron appeared on the verge of remaining in Number 10.

He added: "My advice to everybody, particularly against what is depressing news, is to take a deep breath, to go to bed and then spend two or three days assessing where we go next."

Miliband: Responsibility for result is mine

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Analysis: Why Miliband failed and who will succeed him

Former Labour spin doctor Damien McBride has told ITV News the party must look for "clean skins" like Chuka Umunna and Gloria De Piero when choosing the successor to Ed Miliband.

Mr McBride explained why Mr Miliband's attempts to distance himself from the Blair and Brown era proved unsuccessful.

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