The Conservatives held on to the former prime ministers local seat but have lost votes to their former coalition partners.
Despite the party's spectacular fall from grace, it's worth noting who is speaking and what is on the agenda.
In for the count.
The picture hasn't shifted much in local councils – but that will cause concern in Labour and sighs of relief among Conservatives.
Turmoil on the left led to a party split in 1983, and today's circumstances look very familiar...
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm says the government has been appallingly bad at negotiating with the crossbench.
Absolutely definitely Labour? Ok thanks bye!
New survey information puts paid to 'shy Tories' theory.
Best of times, worst of times: How leadership elections and an EU referendum are conspiring to leave party donations on the backburner just when it seems most possible to make a difference.
Farron away their best option.
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Former party president beats Norman Lamb in bid to replace Nick Clegg
Charles Kennedy has died at the age of 55.
The former Liberal Democrat leader was an inspiration to his party and the outside world.
And the contenders for Labour leader are…
Three parties must now choose new leaders. Labour has a number of candidates jockeying for position.
Nick Clegg resigned as Lib Dem leader, but still has his work cut out as one of its eight MPs.
The Lib Dems had just five seats in the 1950s – their eight remaining MPs should take heart.
Business secretary Vince Cable lost his seat in Twickenham.
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Such an unexpected general election result was bound to throw up more than its share of ‘Portillo moments’.
UKIP won 12.6% of the vote share, but only one seat – not Nigel Farage’s.
With 63% of the country not voting Tory, the result throws up its own question of legitimacy.
Five more years: David Cameron returns to Number 10 Downing Street.
A stunning surprise put the Conservatives back in power with no need for a coalition, while the Scottish nationalists stormed to victory north of the border. What now?
Clegg may have clung on to his seat, but things aren’t looking good.
We knew this would be a bad night for the Lib Dems but few predicted it’d be this bad. Vince Cable, Danny Alexander, Simon Hughes, Jo Swinson, Ed Davey, Lynne Featherstone and many others have lost their…
Lib Dems are surprisingly reticent on EU.
Clegg's party has difficulty painting a positive picture of the EU.
Nick Clegg’s in a sweet spot.
Losing seats but gaining power is likely to be an apt title for any book written about the Lib Dems 2015 election experience.
Wishing it doesn’t make it so.
A minority Labour administration might govern the UK despite finishing runner-up in both England and Scotland.
Treasury minister does the dirty on coalition partners in 11th hour bid to win back votes.
Get your rose-tinted spectacles out.
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Some small victories aside, neither party comes out shining.