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Angela Harrison and Jenny Matthews

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Before we close the Election Live Page for the night, here's a reminder of the main stories of the day:

    David Cameron met Conservative back-benchers old and new on the first day of the new Parliament. He told them he wanted to renew a sense of fairness in society - "where those who work hard and do the right thing are able to get on".

    The Prime Minister has been re-shuffling and re-appointing his Cabinet. Many senior figures stay in their roles, but there are moves for Sajid Javid, who is the new Business Secretary and John Whittingdale, who beomes Culture Secretary.

    Several female MPs are promoted, including Amber Rudd (Energy and Climate Change Secretary), and Anna Soubry and Priti Patel who will attend Cabinet as small business and employment ministers.

    David Miliband has been critical of his brother Ed's leadership of the Labour Party, saying voters "did not want what was being offered".

    Nigel Farage is to remain as leader of UKIP after his party rejected his resignation and persuaded him to stay on.

    The former coalition health minister, Norman Lamb , has confirmed he will stand for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

  2. EU referendum

    Guardian columnist reports...

  3. Tuesday's Scotsman

  4. Tuesday's Times

    The Times
  5. YouGov President

    Journalist and president of the YouGov polling organisation Peter Kellner appeared on Newsnight to talk about what went wrong with the election polls.

    He's posted a blog on the issue and told Newsnight he thought elections without polls would be worse - because politicians could then make claims about public opinion.

  6. Tuesday's Independent

  7. Stella Creasy for deputy leader?

    Stella Creasy MP told Evan Davis on Newsnight she would not stand for the Labour leadership, but suggested she would consider standing as deputy.

    "I'm open to that question. ...I want to hear what people have to say," she said.

    The Labour MP for Walthamstow in London said the party's best campaigns had come from the "grassroots" up and she wanted the party to be a "movement" again.

  8. SNP

    BBC political correspondent tweets:

  9. Tuesday's Guardian

  10. Tuesday's Mirror

  11. Tuesday's Mail

  12. Tuesday's Express

  13. Passport control

    Channel 4 correspondent tweets...

  14. Tuesday's FT

  15. Tuesday's Telegraph

  16. Labour donor: 'Broaden appeal'

    Labour party donor and businessman John Mills has said the party needs to broaden its appeal, while not losing its "traditional role" of helping people who have fallen on hard times.

    He told the BBC News Channel there had been an element of Labour being seen as anti-business and that had "cost the party dear".

    However, he added:

    Quote Message: I have been through defeats and successes in politics for a long time, but the reality is that the wheel of fortune turns. This is an important time for people who support the Labour party to do something to try to re-build it."
  17. Labour 'more pessimistic than polls'

    Labour's election pollster says public polls "showed a much more favourable position for Labour than we were finding in our internal data" both before the campaign and during it.

    Newsnight's policy editor Chris Cook has been speaking to James Morris, who worked for Labour from when Ed Miliband was elected leader in 2010 until the election last week.

    Mr Morris told him:

    Quote Message: We knew we had much more work to do and were still dogged by a loss of trust."

    You can read Chris Cook's report here.

    Ed Miliband
  18. Lord Steel's attack

    "This election has set us back decades", writes the former Liberal leader (Lord) David Steel in The Guardian.

    The article is headlined "Six ways Nick Clegg steered the Liberal Democrats to disaster".....

  19. 'Treasured' NHS

    A tweet from the Health Secretary

  20. Was Shapps demoted?

    BBC political correspondent Chris Mason was asked whether the move to the post of international development minister was a demotion for Grant Shapps, who was party chairman.

    He said:

    Quote Message: On the face of it, it looks like that [a demotion]. As important as the government will insist that role is, it's not a principal role in a new government."
    Grant Shapps
  21. Boris 'Like a new day at school'

    Laura Kuenssberg from Newsnight caught up with Boris Johnson about the atmosphere in the Commons today which, according to him, "is just like a new day at school".

    Watch the brief exchange here .

    Laura Kuenssberg and Boris Johnson
  22. Labour meeting

    More now on the first meeting this evening of Labour's parliamentary party since their election defeat.

    BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the MPs discussed the possible timetable for electing a new leader and were told by acting party leader Harriet Harman that there were "balanced arguments" over whether a short or long campaign would be best.

    After the meeting, Labour sources said there had been no "settled view" on the timing and that the three options were: Before the summer recess; in the autumn but before the annual conference or at the annual conference.

    There was however very little appetite for the last option - the party was keen to avoid a repeat of the last leadership eelction and it was felt the new leader should "bed in" before, and not at, a conference.

    Harriet Harman
  23. Shapps' move

    A Spectator columnist writes...

  24. 'Bruising week'

    Chris Leslie, the new shadow chancellor, says it has been a "very bruising week" but that Labour now needs to give people a "sense of trust".

    He told the BBC News channel:

    Quote Message: I'm determined we will be a strong opposition and the fightback starts here."

    Asked if he was going to stand for the Labour leadership, he said: "Oh Gosh. I'm not thinking about any of those things today. One day at a time."

  25. Get involved - Nigel Farage


  26. New Conservative Party Chairman

    Lord Feldman is appointed Conservative Party Chairman and will attend political cabinet meetings. He replaces Grant Shapps, who is the new international development minister.

  27. Shapps moved

    Grant Shapps has been moved from party chairman to the post of international development minister, David Cameron has announced.

  28. BME

    A Labour MP writes ...

  29. Get it right on your first day as a newly elected MP

    A BBC story by Alex Murray

    Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. And if that job is representing a parliamentary constituency for the the first time, it's good to remember to get the essentials right.

    Natalie McGarry - one of the SNP's "Magnificent Seven" Glasgow MPs - remembered to pack a wardrobe change, thus defeating an exploding pen and arriving covered in ink.

    Natalie McGarry tweet about exploding pen

    Read more

  30. Who will run for Labour leadership?

    Chief Correspondent + Presenter @BBCNewsnight tweets:

  31. Farage on not quitting

    Nigel Farage has spoken up on why he is not quitting as UKIP leader after all. Writing in the Daily Telegraph , he said:

    Quote Message: UKIP’s NEC overwhelmingly refused my resignation, citing the party membership support as a reason for which I should stay on. I was reluctant. I wanted evidence, I wanted options. And they all came. I was left in a situation that made it clear; there was only one person the NEC wanted for the job, and the party membership was in support.
  32. More from Norman Lamb

    The thing that has always driven him and is central to his liberalism, Mr Lamb says, is giving people power, and taking it away from unaccountable institutions.

    "I've never shrunk away from a challenge." he adds.

    "It's terribly important that we articulate a modern vision for this country that connects with people."

    And what would make him good at the job of Lib Dem leader?

    "To be able to communicate with people, to engage and connect with people, and it's critical that we do that."

    Will it be a two-horse race with Tim Farron? Full story here.

  33. Labour 'should challenge and harry'

    Chris Mason

    Political Correspondent

    The acting leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman, has told Labour MPs their job is to "challenge and harry" the Conservatives "every step of the way".

    Addressing the Parliamentary Labour Party at Westminster, Ms Harman said: "You are going to be getting up there and at them".

    'We have got to throw off any sense of loss or mourning," she added.

    "The SNP are going to be strutting down this corridor, they want to see us downcast, we're not going to give them that pleasure."

    She expressed frustration at some of the commentary from Labour figures in recent days. "We do have to be truthful about what happened, but not step over the line and cause further problems."

    And she spoke at length about the timetable for electing a new Labour leader, setting out a few options including a short campaign with the result by the end of July, or a longer one with a view to the result being later in the year.

  34. Norman Lamb on standing

    Norman Lamb, confirming to the BBC that he will run for the Lib Dem leadership, said he made his decision after "an awful lot" of soul-searching in a period of "complete exhaustion" after the election.

    But he concluded he should do it, he said, as “obviously the party suffered devastating results last Thursday. It’s critically important that we reconnect and... have an effective advocate for what modern liberalism is all about.”

  35. 'Big mistake'

    Conservative former Scotland Secretary Lord Forsyth said SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon had made "a big mistake" in committing herself to fiscal autonomy, which he said would leave a black hole of up to £9bn in Scotland's finances, depending on the oil price.

    "It would mean either massive increases in taxes or massive cuts in public services," said Lord Forsyth. "It is simply undeliverable."

    He told a post-election conference in Westminster that the Union was "in mortal danger" and urged David Cameron to produce a White Paper setting out the economic risks of fiscal autonomy.

  36. Lib Dem leadership

    ITV News Deputy Political Editor tweets:

  37. 'Hopeful sign'

    Environmental charities have welcomed the appointment of Amber Rudd as Energy Secretary, calling it a "hopeful sign" the government is committed to acting on climate change. The Hastings and Rye MP has entered Cabinet for the first time, moving upwards within the department where she was a minister.

    Simon Bullock, from Friends of the Earth, said:

    Quote Message: Amber Rudd has already acknowledged the need to boost renewables and increase investment in energy efficiency - and importantly she recognises the devastating impact that climate change will have without action."
    Amber Rudd
  38. Nick Robinson on the new Cabinet

    Nick Robinson, the Political Editor of BBC News, writes in his blog that while many faces stay the same in the Cabinet reshuffle, it "would be a mistake, however, to see only the continuity and not the change".

    He says 

  39. 'UKIP deluged with calls'

    Politics Producer, BBC News, tweets:

  40. It's the end of the first day at work for many new MPs

    One SNP MP tweets:

  41. More appointments

    The prime minister has announced more ministerial appointments on Twitter:

    Anne Milton will become Deputy Chief Whip - first female Conservative MP to hold the post. George Eustice will become Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Andrea Leadsom will become Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

  42. 'Nigel Farage: Why I decided I had to stay on as Ukip leader'

    By Nigel Farage, UKIP leader for The Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph

    Quote Message: I breathed deep, and thought for as long as I possibly had. I decided that as much as I had earned my holidays. As much as I wanted to spend the summer fishing, walking, and of course, in the European Parliament where all hell is currently breaking loose – that I owed it to the party that got me here

    Read more

  43. Reaction to new appointments

    Conservative MP tweets:

  44. Labour in Scotland

    Jim Murphy

    Scottish Labour MSPs have been emerging from a near three-hour long meeting held to discuss the party's disastrous election performance, writes Andrew Kerr from BBC Scotland.

    The leader Jim Murphy has refused to resign, but there have been calls for him to go to allow the party to have a fresh start.

    Speaking outside the party's HQ, the finance spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said the "overwhelming majority of MSPs was very clear, they want Jim and Kez (Dugdale) to lead us forward into the future".

    Former leadership challenger Neil Findlay has resigned from the Shadow Cabinet and says Jim Murphy should step down. Ms Baillie said she couldn't "recall" if Mr Findlay spoke in the meeting. It's thought Jim Murphy left the meeting via a different exit.

  45. Labour leadership rush

    Newsnight's chief correspondent writes...

  46. Get involved - Nigel Farage


  47. Get involved - Nigel Farage


  48. David Miliband rules out leadership bid

    The BBC correspondent who carried out the interview writes...

  49. More from David Miliband

    David Miliband

    David Miliband also told the BBC Labour had lost the general election because voters "did not want what was being offered".

    The full story is here.

  50. BreakingDavid Miliband criticises Ed's approach

    In an exclusive interview with the BBC, David Miliband has criticised his brother's leadership of the Labour Party.

    Speaking in New York, he said the former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his brother had "allowed themselves to be portrayed as moving backwards from the principals of aspiration and inclusion that are the absolute heart of any successful progressive political project".

    He added: "Either we build on what Labour achieved after 1997 and we have a chance to succeed, or we abandon it and we fail."

  51. More appointments

    David Cameron has announced three more appointments.

    He tweeted: "Mark Francois will become Minister of State at Department for Communities and Local Government.

    "Penny Mordaunt will become Armed Forces Minister at Ministry of Defence - first woman in this role.

    "Ros Altman will become Pensions Minister at the Department for Work and Pensions."

  52. Cabinet members' schools

    James Chapman, Daily Mail

  53. Women in Cabinet

    There are seven women in David Cameron’s new cabinet - two more than in the last government.

    They are:

    • Amber Rudd – Secretary of State for Energy and Climate
    • Nicky Morgan - Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities
    • Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development
    • Theresa May - Home Secretary
    • Baroness Stowell - Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Privy Seal
    • Teresa Villiers - Northern Ireland Secretary
    • Liz Truss - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    There are also two women ministers who can attend cabinet:

    • Anna Soubry - Minister for small business attending Cabinet
    • Priti Patel - Minister for employment attending Cabinet.
  54. Suzanne Evans on Farage

    Suzanne Evans

    Suzanne Evans says she is "very pleased" Nigel Farage is to remain UKIP leader after his resignation was rejected by the the party's National Executive Committee.

    When he initially tabled his resignation, he had endorsed Ms Evans as his successor.

    Ms Evans said: "Very pleased @Nigel_Farage still at the helm. As stated previously, I tried to persuade him to stay and was never actually appointed leader!"

  55. Farage's autobiography

    Nigel Farage

    Now Nigel Farage appears to have been persuaded to remain as UKIP's party leader, reporters have wasted no time in leafing through his autobigraphy, The Purple Revolution. In it, he wrote:

    Quote Message: The consequences of me failing to secure a seat for myself in the Commons would be significant for both myself and the party. It is frankly just not credible for me to continue to lead the party without a Westminster seat...was I supposed to brief UKIP policy from the Westminster Arms? No - if I fail to win South Thanet, it is curtains for me. I will have to step down."
  56. Scottish Secretary

    A bit more on the new Scottish Secretary. David Cameron has confirmed he's given the post to David Mundell, who has been Scotland's sole Tory MP at Westminster for the past 10 years.

    The Conservative MP, who has represented Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale at Westminster since 2005, had served as Scotland Office Minister in the coalition government, but Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael had the more senior cabinet-level post.

  57. 'A lot of convincing'


  58. 'Third party status'

    Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

  59. The day so far...

    As the early team log off the Election Live Page and the late team take over, it's time for a quick re-cap of what's been happening today:

    New and old MPs have been arriving at the Houses of Parliament following the election.

    David Cameron has been completing his Cabinet reshuffle - or re-appointment - with many senior figures keeping their posts.

    Former universities minister Greg Clark is the new communities secretary - replacing Eric Pickles; Liz Truss remains environment secretary while Patrick McLoughlin stays in charge of transport.

    Among the promotions, Sajid Javid is the new business secretary while Priti Patel becomes employment minister.

    London Mayor Boris Johnson will not be made a minister, but will attend separate Tory "political cabinet" meetings.

    Labour's acting leader, Harriet Harman, has announced a new shadow cabinet . Chris Leslie becomes shadow chancellor and Hilary Benn - shadow foreign secretary.

    Apprentice star Lord Sugar has left the Labour Party , blaming "negative business policies".

    Nominations open on Wednesday for the contest to replace Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader.

    UKIP's national executive have rejected Nigel Farage's resignation and say he remains the party's leader.

    The BBC understands Angus Robertson will remain as SNP leader in the House of Commons.

    George Galloway says he has launched legal proceedings to challenge the result of the Bradford West election.

  60. Analysis: Farage's comeback

    Robin Brant

    Political Correspondent

    It seems a little bizarre to be honest. Just hours after the election he talked of his relief and how happy he was to have lost in his attempt to become an MP. But now the party has persuaded him to stay. The reality is that Nigel Farage was, and is, UKIP's biggest asset. He has strong legitimacy behind him, with the party having amassed millions of votes at the general election. But with the EU referendum now front and centre of the political debate, UKIP and Mr Farage will want to be part of that. I'm just not sure he could resist the allure of staying at the centre of front line politics despite all his protestations in Thanet South after his defeat.

  61. Life after the Commons

    Ed Balls is defeated by Conservative Andrea Jenkyns

    As the dust settles after the general election, many men and women who once trod the corridors of power as Members of Parliament are facing up to life after defeat.

    No longer able to influence the policies and laws of their country, these former members of the House of Commons now have to find something else to occupy their time.

    But what's it like after losing your parliamentary seat?

    The BBC's Mario Cacciottolo reports.

  62. The politics of austerity

    Marc Williams, Newsnight Election Producer

    The loss of Ed Balls on Thursday leaves Labour's economic policy in limbo. The party's direction in this area is likely to be the biggest bone of contention in the leadership election to come.

    Today might not be the best time to offer analysis of polling, given the doldrums into which the polling industry has plunged after their failures on Thursday. Nonetheless, the in-depth polling from Lord Ashcroft on why we voted the way we did does have some interesting facts contained within it which Labour leadership contenders will be poring over. Chief among them are the differing attitudes of the different parties' supporters towards austerity past and future.

    Read more from Newsnight Live.

  63. Reaction to Farage resurrection

    Commentators respond via Twitter....

  64. Breaking'NEC didn't want Nigel to go'

    UKIP chairman Steve Crowther said in a statement: "As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelming evidence that the UKIP membership did not want Nigel to go.

    "He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of UKIP," the chairman added.

  65. BreakingFarage to stay as UKIP leader

    Nigel Farage is to stay on as leader of UKIP after his resignation was rejected unanimously by the party.

  66. Analysis: Scots in the House

    From the BBC's Robin Chrystal

    SNP MPs

    The SNP’s tartan army has just arrived at Westminster after their stunning election victory. But what real influence will they have? The answer may be quite a bit.

    Their aim is to have the status that the Liberal Democrats had in the 2005-2010 Parliament. Like them then, they are now the third largest party at Westminster. That means David Cameron is likely to face two questions a week from the SNP’s Parliamentary leader Angus Robertson at Prime Minister’s Questions.

    They can also look forward to chairing two Commons committees. The obvious choice would be the Scottish Affairs Committee. If so that could lead to an explosive mix as most of the others on it will be Conservative MPs due to their numbers in Parliament.

    Crucially, too, it means they will have two members on the Liaison Committee - another chance to quiz the PM, and at greater length than at Prime Minister’s Questions.

    As the third party, the SNP will also be part of what's known in Westminster as the “usual channels”: the MPs who know a fortnight in advance what will be debated in the Commons.

    All that has to be agreed with the Speaker of the Commons, but it’s hard to see how it could be denied.

    Then there’s the money. The taxpayer pays to fund the work of political parties at Westminster. The formula is based on the number of MPs a party has and the number of votes they won at the election. For the SNP with 56 MPs and just under one and a half million votes, that works out at £1.7m a year.

  67. And some more cabinet appointees...

    Some less familiar faces to many possibly. From top, Stephen Crabb, Greg Hands and David Mundell.

    Stephen Crabb
    Greg Hands
    David Mundell
  68. Safe pair of hands

    Whitehall correspondent at The Sun tweets...

  69. Lib Dem fightback

    Lesley Berthon joined the Lib Dems:

  70. Who'll get EU job?

    PoliticsHome editor tweets:

  71. Labour's leadership dilmema

    BBC News Channel

    Daniel Finkelstein

    Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein says Labour have a "big dilemma" in choosing their next leader to re-build their party.

    Quote Message: The difficulty they have is do they decide to go after Tories in the South or the SNP in Scotland. My bias, but I am a Tory living in Pinner, would be to go after English votes."
  72. A mystery guest?

    BBC News producer tweets...

  73. BreakingHancock's OK!

    Panic over, we have word! Matt Hancock is safe and well. Resembling an episode of Stars in Their Eyes, he went in to Downing Street as business minister, but he re-emerges as Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (minister for efficiency & civil service reform).

  74. BreakingMundell - Scotland Secretary

    David Mundell is appointed Scotland Office Secretary - a post previously held by Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael. Mr Mundell is the Conservatives' only MP in Scotland.

  75. Have you seen this man?

    Matt Hancock
    Image caption: There's been no sign of Matt Hancock since he entered Downing Street a good while ago. Everyone else was out in a matter of minutes.
  76. Sphere of influence?

    The Spectator political editor tweets...

  77. Young gun

    Mhairi Black

    Among the new, smiling SNP faces outside Westminster a short time ago was Mhairi Black - pictured above with the white shirt and dark jacket - the 20-year-old student who ousted shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander. 

  78. BreakingGreg Hands - Treasury chief secretary

    Greg Hands - until now a deputy chief whip - becomes the new chief secretary to the Treasury (a post previously held by Lib Dem Danny Alexander).

  79. Get involved - 'Two jobs' Boris


  80. Get involved - 'Two jobs' Boris


  81. The big picture

    The BBC's political editor tweets...

  82. BreakingCrabb remains Wales secretary

    Some more reshuffle news. Stephen Crabb stays on as the secretary of state for Wales, the PM has announced.

  83. 'Kind words'

    Former MP and shadow chancellor tweets:

  84. BreakingLetwin - Cabinet Office

    Oliver Letwin is to become a full member of cabinet and will be in overall charge of the Cabinet Office. He was a minister for government policy and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the last parliament.

  85. Search party?

    Seriously now, what has happened to Matt Hancock? He's not been seen since he disappeared behind the black door of No 10 quite some time ago. Shall we send a search party?

  86. More from the Downing Street catwalk

    From the top, Justine Greening, Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa Villiers.

    Justine Greening
    Iain Duncan Smith
    Theresa Villiers
  87. Continuity the theme of the day

    Norman Smith

    Assistant political editor

    David Cameron has chosen to use the previously held Lib Dem posts in government to bring in new talent. Otherwise, the theme of the PM's reshuffle has been "continuity", with key figures remaining in their posts.

  88. 'Devastating' to lose seats

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Ed Balls, Vince Cable and Esther McVey all lost seats in the election.

    Losing seats after an election is an “absolutely devastating” experience for politicians, a psychiatrist says.Dame Jane Roberts, who interviewed 111 MPs after the election, told BBC Radio 5 live politicians felt a “sense of utter failure” after losing office.

    Quote Message: When anybody loses their job it’s absolutely dreadful... but for all MPs, they’ve put their heart and souls in this for years and years… and then suddenly it all goes. They’re very publicly sacked in the middle of the world." from Dame Jane Roberts Psychiatrist and author of report: 'Losing Political Office'
    Dame Jane RobertsPsychiatrist and author of report: 'Losing Political Office'
  89. Get involved - 'Two jobs' Boris


  90. Get involved -

    Andy, York, emails about the new culture secretary:

  91. BreakingContinuity continues

    Jeremy Hunt stays on as health secretary, David Cameron announces.

  92. Pic: Alex Salmond joins the SNP gang

    Alex Salmond among other SNP MPs
  93. Pastures new

    The now former communities secretary tweets...

  94. Reaction to Rudd's new role

    Contributing Editor (environment) at the Telegraph tweets...

  95. More Clark reaction

    Financial Times commentator tweets...

  96. Where's Hancock?

    Matt Hancock disappeared into Downing Street a little earlier - and we've heard no word since. Perhaps he got lost?

  97. Punishment post?

    Political editor, the Sunday Times, tweets...

  98. Hunt arrives

    Jeremy Hunt

    Jeremy Hunt arrives at No.10. Probably to be handed the health brief once again but we'll see...

  99. BreakingVilliers stays as NI secretary

    David Cameron meant it when he talked about "sticking to the plan". Another of his secretaries of state remains in place: Theresa Villiers will carry on as Northern Ireland secretary.

  100. New faces

    From the top - Anna Soubry, Liz Truss and Greg Clark.

    Anna Soubry
    Liz TRuss
    Greg Clark
  101. Get involved -

    Paul Clough emails:

  102. More on Clark

    The political editor of the Guardian tweets...

  103. BreakingGreening stays on

    Justine Greening is another cabinet member to hold on to her job. She'll be staying on as international development secretary, David Cameron announces.

  104. Clark appointment

    The political editor of the Spectator tweet...

  105. BreakingGreg Clark - DCLG secretary

    Eric Pickles has been dropped as communities and local government secretary. He's replaced by Greg Clark.

  106. Still more to come

    Norman Smith

    Assistant political editor

    This afternoon has been dominated by quite a lot of female appointments. But we're still waiting for news on a number of important briefs, including health and communities and local government. It's interesting to speculate what may happen with the Scotland Office brief - although as there's only one Scottish MP, David Mundell, we can only assume he'll get the job.

  107. Missed opportunity?

    Political editor, the Sunday Times, tweets:

  108. Pic: SNP cohort say hello to Westminster

    SNP MPs
  109. Safely does it

    The Spectator's political editor tweets:

  110. Get involved -

    Jenny Holden emails:

  111. Get involved -

    Matt, Leeds, emails:

  112. Sturgeon joins the throng

    Nicola Sturgeon and SNP MPs

    Nicola Sturgeon arrives outside the Palace of Westminster to applause from her 56 MPs. The party is now the third largest in parliament, since its electoral success last week.

  113. BreakingSoubry - small business minister

    Anna Soubry has been moved from defence to become a new minister for small business. She will attend cabinet.

  114. New blood

    BBC political correspondent tweets...

  115. BreakingNot-so-reshuffle

    Liz Truss is to stay as environment secretary, the prime minister announces.

  116. Pic: Nicola Sturgeon on Loose Women

    Nicola Sturgeon on Loose Women
  117. Tearoom takeover

    BBC deputy political editor tweets...

  118. Anna Soubry summoned

    Alex Salmond and Anna Soubry

    Our assistant political editor Norman Smith is doing a sterling job trying to get comment out of the cabinet hopefuls going into Downing Street. No luck yet, though. The latest person to pass through the black door is Anna Soubry - currently a defence minister. This was Ms Soubry doing verbal battle with Alex Salmond a few weeks ago on the Andrew Marr Show. Is she in line for a promotion? We shall see.

  119. Another first day photo

    The chief political correspondent of the FT tweets...

  120. Lamb on leadership

    Norman Lamb

    Norman Lamb has described some of the speculation about his decision to stand for the Lib Dem leadership as “completely wrong” - that comes after ITV reported that he'd confirmed his intention to run to them. He says he'll “make an announcement this evening” on whether or not he will put his name forward.

  121. BreakingMcLoughlin keeps transport brief

    Patrick McLoughlin is to continue in his role of transport secretary, David Cameron announces.

  122. Reaction to Javid's new job

    John Cridland, director general of industry group the CBI, has congratulated Sajid Javid on his appointment as business secretary.

    Quote Message: We want to encourage more companies, especially Britain’s forgotten army of medium-sized businesses, to boost exports and investment, to drive growth and create jobs up and down the country. We look forward to working with Sajid to achieve this."

    Mr Cridland continued: "As an immediate step, we want the government to set out a clear business plan for its first 100 days, including getting the deficit down, finding new ways to deliver public services and committing to the Airports Commission’s final decision this summer. We also need policies to bolster our supply chains, and make the UK the destination of choice for manufacturing high-value products.”

  123. Let me in!

    Norman Smith and Liz Truss

    Hold on to your seats, it's reshuffle time again. Liz Truss - currently the environment secretary - arrives at Downing Street and, rather awkwardly, she can't get in. The door is shut. Horror! After a few knocks and a quick wave to the cameras she's been let in. Will she stay in her post or is she heading to pastures new in government?

  124. 'Used to reading derogatory things'

    Nicola Sturgeon

    SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she takes "no personal pleasure" in the defeat of so many Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs in Scotland. Appearing on Loose Women on ITV, Ms Sturgeon said losing an election was "the most miserable feeling in the world."

    Ms Sturgeon - pictured here on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday - was asked about the focus on her appearance in some coverage of the election campaign, She said she was "used to reading pretty derogatory things" about herself and it was "water off a duck's back".

    But she expressed concern that the tone could make some young women think "I don't fancy putting myself in the firing line for that" and deter them from a career in politics.

    Ms Sturgeon said she had paid more attention to her appearance as her political career advanced.

    She also said she had never had a voice coach but had "some advice on how to project my voice from Sean Connery".

  125. The name's Sturgeon...

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  126. View on migration

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  127. Labour ‘saw what was coming’

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    John Mann

    Labour MP John Mann says he and “quite a number of” his colleagues “saw what was coming” in the weeks before their election defeat to the Conservatives.

    Acting leader Harriet Harman said Labour were not expecting to lose, but Mr Mann told BBC Radio 5 live many of his colleagues “expected to see a majority Conservative government”.

    Quote Message: What we were hearing on the doorsteps – [was not] 'we love the Conservatives,' but 'we don’t trust Labour' and repeatedly people said they didn’t see Ed Miliband as being a suitable prime minister. That was hundreds of times every day I heard that, every day this year." from John Mann Labour MP for Bassetlaw
    John MannLabour MP for Bassetlaw
  128. Fresh faces

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  129. More appointments?

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  130. Lord Sugar's 'odd moment'

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    "I think it's a rather odd moment for him to take the step he has," says Labour donor John Mills on Lord Sugar's announcement to quit the party.

    Mr Mills told The World At One that Labour was going to have to rethink its strategy and taking a different approach to business would no doubt form a part of that, and on this issue the party would have benefited from Lord Sugar's help.

  131. 'Don't quit' Lord Sugar

    Alan Sugar and Gordon Brown in 1997

    The former culture minister, Ben Bradshaw, has urged Lord Sugar not to quit the Labour Party.

    Lord Sugar has announced his resignation from the party - this was him alongside Gordon Brown in 1997 - saying he had become "disillusioned" with its business policies under Ed Miliband's leadership.

    In a tweet, Mr Bradshaw said: "This is just the time *not* to leave but to stay & help us back to sanity ensuring we win in 2020."

  132. 'Room to improve'

    Nicola Sturgeon has been on ITV's Loose Women this lunchtime. Despite her party's near-total dominance on Thursday night - winning 56 of 59 seats - she told the audience: "We've still got some room for improvement."

    She also met Don McLean and tweeted about it.

    Nicola Sturgeon and Don McClean
  133. Lamb to stand for leadership

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  134. Cameron's continuity

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    Peter Riddell, director of the Institute for Government, tells The World At One David Cameron's cabinet so far looks "sensible".

    He says Mr Cameron has gone for continuity in the very big jobs, and there have been no "machinery of government" changes.

  135. What motivates MPs?

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  136. Crossing over

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  137. Boris 'disgruntled'?

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  138. Vanquishers up front