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General Election 2015: Nick Clegg resigns as leader of the Liberal Democrats

Published 08/05/2015

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg looks dejected as they leave his constituency declaration at the English Institute of Sport. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg looks dejected as they leave his constituency declaration at the English Institute of Sport. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Nick Clegg has resigned as the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Clegg admitted the results were "immeasurably more crushing" than he could have feared.

His party has been reduced to a rump of just eight seats following a devastating General Election which has seen the party completely collapse even in its heartlands.

The Sheffield Hallam MP reflected on Lib Dem achievements in government and said serving his country had been a privilege.

But Mr Clegg said: "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."

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