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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg resigns

08 May 2015, 14:42

London - Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has resigned his party's leadership after accepting responsibility for the "catastrophic" loss of seats in parliamentary elections.

The Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives' coalition partners for the last five years, lost 48 of the 57 seats they held in 2010, with several seats still to be counted.

"It is now painfully clear that this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats," says Clegg, who served as deputy prime minister in the coalition.

He is one of only eight members of his party to have won a seat in Thursday's election.



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