- David Cameron considers the make-up of his Cabinet after the Conservatives' election victory
- Michael Gove is made justice secretary and Chris Grayling, leader of the Commons
- George Osborne, Theresa May, Philip Hammond, Michael Fallon and Nicky Morgan remain in jobs they held in coalition
- Vacancies at the top table include business secretary, energy secretary, and treasury secretary after senior Lib Dems lost their seats
- Harriet Harman has taken over as acting Labour leader after Ed Miliband stood down
- The Lib Dems are also looking for a new leader after Nick Clegg said he would make way
Four police officers and a member of police staff have been injured in "unplanned" anti-austerity protests in Westminster today.
During the protest graffiti was daubed on a war memorial in Whitehall.
A Downing Street spokesman said: "Spraying graffiti on war memorials is a despicable display of disrespect for those who fought and died for their country, particularly at a time when the whole nation comes together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day."
On Twitter at the moment the hashtag #ThanetRigged is gaining popularity after some UKIP supporters appear to be suggesting that Nigel Farage missing out on his chance to become MP of South Thanet involved some sort of foul play.
The Huffington Post has pulled together an article from some of the tweets.
Michael Gove will become Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. He will be given a brief to look at prisons, sentencing and criminal justice. Chris Grayling will become Leader of the House of Commons. Nicky Morgan will continue as Education Secretary and Minister for Equalities.
Labour veteran John Prescott has criticised Ed Miliband's failed "presidential-type" general election campaign.
The former deputy prime minister said he wasn't keen on the Labour leader's "Hell, yes, I'm tough" boast and said the party had paid the price for failing to defend the economic record of the last Labour government in the last parliament.
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, Lord Prescott said it had been a "bloody disastrous" result for the party as David Cameron secured the first outright majority for the Conservatives since 1992.
"We fought a presidential-type election based on computers, charts, focus groups and even the American language - Hell yes? Hell no!" he wrote.
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Zac Goldsmith, who was re-elected as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, with a majority of 23,000, says his party has work to do to repair the damaged relationship between voters and politicians.
Over the next five years it is imperative that we not only deliver the promises that we made, but that we do so emphatically. And I think if we can do that, we will not only be improving our chances next time around, but we will be helping to repair the relationship between people and power, which is pretty tattered at the moment."
The note famously left by Labour's outgoing chief secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, for his successor ("I'm afraid there is no money" it said) was regularly brandished by David Cameron during the election campaign.
The PM used it to highlight what he said was Labour's disregard for the public finances. Now Mr Bryne has given his perspective in an article for the Guardian, saying he is "so sorry" for what he calls a "crass mistake":
David Cameron may have carried that note around with him during the campaign. But I, too, have carried it every day – in my head. I always will. As a reminder of how much harder I will always have to work to repay the people I let down and to help rebuild Labour as a party of government determined to fight the injustices that scar our communities and the failures that hold us back from becoming the country we can be.
The BBC's Brian Wheeler was in Westminster this evening, where four people were arrested during what police called an "unplanned" anti-austerity protest:
There is a very heavy police presence, with dozens of officers in riot gear. Most of the protesters are blocked in by police vans with their blue lights flashing, near the Cenotaph. The young crowd are cheering, clapping, blowing whistles and waving anti-Tory placards. It seems peaceful at the moment. There's almost a party atmosphere."
The Spectator challenged its readers to put their own twist on Rudyard Kipling’s rousing poem, If. Here's the first verse from one of the winners:
IF – For Nicola (by Brian Murdoch)
If you can lose a referendum and still act
As if you’d won it, time and time again;
If you can claim you’re going to make a pact
But never make your real conditions plain;
If you can try to split from the UK
Then six months later make it clear to see
That now you want to rule the lot your way,
Yet still play down illogicality;
For the rest of the poem and other winners, click here.
Police release an updated statement on the "unplanned" anti-austerity protests in Westminster.
The spokesman said: "Four people have been arrested for a variety of offences under the Public Order Act, 1986.
"Officers are aware of criminal damage to the Women's War Memorial in Whitehall and are investigating.
"There are no reported injuries to any members of the public.
"One police officer and one member of police staff have been injured policing this protest. Both are being treated in hospital. The officer is being treated for a suspected dislocated shoulder. The member of police staff is being treated for a cut lip after being struck by an object.
"Officers are working to minimise disruption to all road users and members of the public passing through the area."
BBC colleagues tell us that the protest around Whitehall seems to have settled down now. About 100 protesters were kettled, we're told. There have been no reports of any arrests so far.
Hats off to Tories think tank. Tempting Nick Clegg to be Deputy PM probably cost his party the vote share he had in the last election. Scottish referendum seems to have cost Labour their seat share in Scotland. Win win for the Tories and lose lose for the opponents.
In the local elections, UKIP has taken control of its first ever UK council in Thanet. You'll remember that former party leader Nigel Farage fought and lost Thanet South parliamentary seat. But he was back in Kent today to heap praise on the newly-elected UKIP councillors.
It was great to be at the Winter Gardens in Margate today to see Thanet District Council go purple. It shows that there is a huge UKIP vote here in Thanet, and when people are not inducted by external fearmongering and calls to vote tactically, they overwhelmingly vote for UKIP."
"What's with all the cuts?" asked anti-austerity protesters earlier as they congregated in Westminster.
A Met Police spokesman said no arrests had been made yet.
He added: "It's not a million miles away from the VE Day celebrations but there's no suggestion that it will interrupt that."
The new Conservative government may be in its infancy but it hasn't stopped people taking to the streets in protest over it.
Anti-austerity campaigners and supporters took part in swiftly organised campaigns against the Conservatives this afternoon.
A large police presence met about 100 protesters outside Conservative campaign headquarters in Westminster.
The parties that offered firm proposals for the future of Britain did best out of the election. Tories' message of fiscal prudence resonated, UKIP's message of secure borders resonated and the SNP's idea of Scotland having a distinct voice in Westminster worked well. There are lessons in this. Britain is conservative, that is right of centre leaning, so the politics must reflect that view.
Singer Charlotte Church has joined a rally in Cardiff, protesting against austerity cuts. She addressed about 200 people over a loudspeaker and carried a placard which read she was "mad as hell".
Read more on the story here.
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Liberal Democrat John Hemming, who lost his seat in Birmingham Yardley, says he partly put it down to voters changing their minds at the last minute. He says they put a cross next to his name, then a fear of Ed Miliband in office under the influence of the SNP would cause them to recast their vote for the Conservatives.
As far as the party's leadership contest goes, he says he's a "great fan" of Norman Lamb.
Asked if the party needs an ideological rethink, he says it needs to be clearer about what the party stands for in any general election and state whether it would go into a coalition with the Conservatives or Labour - not both.
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond says Scotland is closer to independence after the SNP's stunning success in the general election when it won 56 of the country's 59 seats.
Mr Salmond, who was elected as the MP for Gordon, said the party now had an "overwhelming mandate from the Scottish people to carry forward Scotland's interests".
But he added that "the timing of any future referendum" was "a matter for the Scottish people" and the matter of tactics was a question for Nicola Sturgeon.
Labour failed for three reasons: SNP surge, less than perfect leadership (too many slip-ups/failures), and a very effective negative Tory campaign. Question is, how to make sure it doesn't happen again?
Tim Farron - one of eight remaining Lib Dem MPs and the man most often tipped as the party's next leader - has said he will announce whether he will stand in the "next few days".
He told Sky News: "I am determined to play a big role in making sure the party survives and thrives".
But he said he will be listening to activists and members before making his next move.
He added: "There has never been more need for a Liberal party" arguing the party was the victim of the politics of fear.
He says the party will build itself from the "ground up," claiming that it had gained more 2,500 new members in the past few days.
After the Lib Dem's collapse at the polls, the party only has eight MPs who could succeed Nick Clegg as leader. The likely contenders for the Lib Dem leadership are:
Who is going to succeed Nigel Farage as UKIP leader? Perhaps Nigel Farage? Or another UKIP contender?