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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.