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Election 2015: The day after the night before

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Image caption David Cameron addresses the media in Downing Street on Friday lunchtime - not long after it was confirmed that the Conservatives had won a majority for a second term in government.
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Image caption Hours earlier, at breakfast time, Mr Cameron and wife Samantha arrived back in Downing Street from his Oxfordshire constituency.
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Image caption Results were still coming in, but after all the ups and downs of weeks of campaigning, the Camerons were able to return home through the door of No 10.
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Image caption Aware of his party's disappointing UK-wide results, Labour leader Ed Miliband and wife Justine arrived at the party's HQ in London.
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Image caption On her way to London, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon chatted with members of the public at Edinburgh Airport as they ate breakfast.
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Image caption On the Kent coast, UKIP's Nigel Farage left the Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate, telling reporters he had enjoyed his best night's sleep in a long time.
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Image caption At the town's Winter Gardens, Mr Farage stood on the stage to hear the results of the vote for Thanet South. The seat went to the Conservatives.
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Image caption Comedian Al Murray - who performs as the Pub Landlord and who also stood for the seat - reacted with apparent shock. While the winning candidate, Conservative Craig Mackinlay, celebrated.
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Image caption A short time later, Nigel Farage walked to the seafront to tell reporters he was resigning as UKIP leader.
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Image caption As he prepared to resign as party leader, Nick Clegg received warm applause from Liberal Democrat supporters.
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Image caption Mr Clegg said it was "heartbreaking" to see so many friends and colleagues, who had served their constituents over so many years, abruptly lose their seats "because of forces entirely beyond their control".
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Image caption As fallout from the election continued during the morning, reporters and photographers in Downing Street tried to keep everyone up-to-date with unfolding events.
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Image caption While members of the public watched from behind the gates at the end of the street.
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Image caption Ed Miliband put his hands up - as he resigned as Labour Party leader.
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Image caption Mr Miliband said he was "truly sorry" he had not succeeded.
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Image caption David and Samantha Cameron left Downing Street to travel to Buckingham Palace
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Image caption There they met the Queen to confirm his second term as prime minister.
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Image caption Shortly after his return, Mr Cameron walked out of No 10 to tell reporters in Downing Street that he believed the country was "on the brink of something special".
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Image caption Samantha Cameron and Conservative staff watched from the sidelines.
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Image caption The prime minister will now begin the process of putting together his new government.
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Image caption Theresa May, one of a handful of senior Conservatives to arrive in Downing Street during the day, is to stay on as Home Secretary.
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Image caption London's Evening Standard was reporting the Camerons' return to Downing Street.
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Image caption Political leaders gathered in central London this afternoon to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. First Minister of Scotland and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (left) stood alongside the Northern Ireland Executive Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster at the Cenotaph.
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Image caption Holding poppy wreaths from left to right - the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, Northern Ireland politician Arlene Foster, Angus Robertson the SNP's leader in the Commons, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Image caption The three party leaders during the election campaign reunited in Whitehall - Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron - but only one will remain in his job.

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