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Nick Clegg Has Hinted That He Is About To Resign As Liberal Democrat Leader

He said it had been a "cruel and punishing night".

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Nick Clegg has indicated that he will soon resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

After holding on to his Sheffield Hallam seat, he said: "It is now painfully clear this has been a cruel and punishing night for the Liberal Democrats.

"The election has profound implications for the country; it also obviously has profound implications for the Liberal Democrats.

"And I will be seeking to make further remarks about the implications of this election both for the country and the party I lead – and for my position in the Liberal Democrats when I make remarks to the Liberal Democrats later this morning, when I return to Westminster."

His speech came after Vince Cable, Simon Hughes, and Lynne Featherstone all dramatically lost their seats.

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Emily Ashton at emily.ashton@buzzfeed.com.

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