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  1. David Cameron considers the make-up of his Cabinet after the Conservatives' election victory
  2. Michael Gove is made justice secretary and Chris Grayling, leader of the Commons
  3. George Osborne, Theresa May, Philip Hammond, Michael Fallon and Nicky Morgan remain in jobs they held in coalition
  4. Vacancies at the top table include business secretary, energy secretary, and treasury secretary after senior Lib Dems lost their seats
  5. Harriet Harman has taken over as acting Labour leader after Ed Miliband stood down
  6. The Lib Dems are also looking for a new leader after Nick Clegg said he would make way

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By Dominic Howell and Marie Jackson

All times stated are UK

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Sunday Telegraph front

Sunday Telegraph front page: SNP's dramatic new push for independence #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Sunday Telegraph front page: SNP's dramatic new push for independence #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Reshuffle latest

More on the appointments to David Cameron's new government announced tonight. Former Immigration Minister Mark Harper is also expected to become the Conservative chief whip. Full story here.

Observer front page

Observer front page: Blair tells Labour: return to centre ground to win again #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers.

Observer front page: Blair tells Labour: return to centre ground to win again #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers.

Sunday Express front page

Sunday Express front page: Now for the tax cuts! #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Sunday Express front page: Now for the tax cuts! #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Independent on Sunday front page

Independent on Sunday front page via @lisamarkwell No honeymoon for Cameron #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Independent on Sunday front page via @lisamarkwell No honeymoon for Cameron #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers

Liz Kendall leadership bid

Sunday Times political editor tweets:

Is she running for leader? @leicesterliz "Yes I am considering it. But we don’t just need a new face. We need a fundamentally new approach.”

'Despicable display'

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.

BreakingCabinet appointments: Gove to justice

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.

Prescott criticises Miliband campaign

Lord Prescott
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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.

Goldsmith: 'Tattered relationship'

BBC Radio 5 Live

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.

Zac Goldsmith

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."

Byrne 'so sorry' for note

David Cameron

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.

From the scene

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."

Campaign in poetry and govern in prose

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.

Four protest arrests, say police

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."

'Only lost once'

Labour Councillor for South Heaton

A child I know asked "why have the party leaders stood down when they've only lost once?" Where do you begin...:)

Westminster protest update

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.

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Gagan Kumar

Turning purple

Nigel Farage, centre, with UKIP candidates

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."

Nigel Farage

Westminster protest

Anti-austerity protest
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"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."

Anti-Austerity protest

Robinson: Help from Rory Bremner

BBC political editor

.@rorybremner Perhaps you're the answer to my voice problem. I'll mime & you can do me. Look forward to the show

Anti-austerity protests

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.

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Stephen Burke:

Let's be positive

Guardian columnist

Thursday was grim. But responding by berating/blaming the electorate isn't going to help! A positive message of hope and optimism instead.

Church: 'Mad as hell'

Charlotte Church
Wales News

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.

Hemming: Fan of Lamb

BBC News Channel

John Hemming

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.

Labour hearts London

Jim Pickard, chief political correspondent for the Financial Times

London shifts further towards Labour - unlike everywhere else

London shifts further towards Labour - unlike everywhere else

Salmond raises prospect of another referendum

James Cook, BBC Scotland Correspondent

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.

Neil Findlay resigns from Scottish Labour shadow cabinet

Ben Riley-Smith, political correspondent for the Daily Telegraph

Neil Findlay - who stood against Jim Murphy for leadership - has resigned from Scottish Labour shadow cabinet.

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Adam Eveleigh:

Feeling emotional

Stephen Bush, editor of @TheStaggers

Our day consists of one or the other of us answering the phone, saying "Yeah, it's awful", then leaving the room.

Farron to make decision in 'next few days'

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.

Lib Dem leadership choice

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:

Lib Dem contenders

Angela Eagle considers Labour leadership bid

Faisal Islam, political editor for @SkyNews

Labour leadership, Angela Eagle will stand for deputy, and considering leadership bid. Obv Burnham, Cooper, Umunna, Reeves, Jarvis, Hunt too

UKIP leadership struggle?

Who is going to succeed Nigel Farage as UKIP leader? Perhaps Nigel Farage? Or another UKIP contender?

UKIP leadership struggle?