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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Andrea Jenkyns: About the woman who toppled Ed Balls

A self-styled "strong, passionate, Yorkshire lass", Andrea Jenkyns has caused arguably the biggest General Election shock in recent contests.

But the 40-year-old soprano singer who toppled Labour big beast Ed Balls will be hoping for a smoother start to her parliamentary career compared to her early weeks as a Tory county councillor in Lincolnshire.

Andrea Jenkyns as she won her Morley and Outwood seat Credit: Press Association

Weeks after she defeated the British National Party candidate in Boston North West in 2009, Ms Jenkyns was forced to resign.

It was discovered she was not eligible to be a candidate due to her role as a part-time music tutor for the council-run Lincolnshire Music Service.

She quit her tutoring job and commented at the time:

Frankly I do feel let down by the council as throughout this period I have acted with total openness and with good faith.

I sought advice from the county council whether I was eligible to stand and I received clear and unequivocal advice that I could do so.

– Andrea Jenkyns MP in 2009

A by-election was called and Ms Jenkyns squeaked home by 16 votes - ahead of the BNP.

Economic matters in Lincolnshire were among the issues she took an interest in during her time on the council.

After she was selected to challenge Mr Balls for the West Yorkshire seat of Morley and Outwood, Ms Jenkyns then lost her council seat at the 2013 elections to Ukip.

Ms Jenkyns said the catalyst for her decision to stand for Parliament was the death of her "beloved" father Clifford who was a lorry driver.

He died in 2011 after contracting hospital superbug MRSA and she has been involved in campaigning for better patient care.

On her career, Ms Jenkyns notes she left school and went straight into employment - working her way up from a "retail Saturday assistant to senior management", with 15 years in management in the private sector working for multi-national companies.

She also worked in the public sector via her music tutor work in three secondary schools

The Conservative opted to retrain in her late 30s and completed a diploma in economics from the Open University before graduating from the University of Lincoln aged 40 after studying international relations and politics.

Ms Jenkyns also says she is a "massive animal lover" - so much so she has two Miniature Schnauzer dogs called Lady and Godiva.

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Ed Miliband arrives at Labour headquarters

There were cheers from the party faithful as Ed Miliband arrived at the Labour HQ with his wife Justine. He is expected to give a speech later this morning when it is expected that Mr Miliband will stand down.



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