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Summary

  1. David Cameron has unveiled his first all-Conservative cabinet
  2. Amber Rudd, John Whittingdale, Greg Clark and Robert Halfon all get roles
  3. The PM also met Conservative backbenchers for the first time since the election
  4. David Miliband criticises his brother's Labour leadership and rules out of the Labour leadership race
  5. UKIP rejects Nigel Farage's resignation, meaning he will stay on as leader
  6. Labour announced its shadow cabinet, with Chris Leslie replacing Ed Balls as shadow chancellor

Live Reporting

By Angela Harrison and Jenny Matthews

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Before we close the Election Live Page for the night, here's a reminder of the main stories of the day:

David Cameron met Conservative back-benchers old and new on the first day of the new Parliament. He told them he wanted to renew a sense of fairness in society - "where those who work hard and do the right thing are able to get on".

The Prime Minister has been re-shuffling and re-appointing his Cabinet. Many senior figures stay in their roles, but there are moves for Sajid Javid, who is the new Business Secretary and John Whittingdale, who beomes Culture Secretary.

Several female MPs are promoted, including Amber Rudd (Energy and Climate Change Secretary), and Anna Soubry and Priti Patel who will attend Cabinet as small business and employment ministers.

David Miliband has been critical of his brother Ed's leadership of the Labour Party, saying voters "did not want what was being offered".

Nigel Farage is to remain as leader of UKIP after his party rejected his resignation and persuaded him to stay on.

The former coalition health minister, Norman Lamb , has confirmed he will stand for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

Tuesday's Scotsman

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Tuesday's Times

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YouGov President

Journalist and president of the YouGov polling organisation Peter Kellner appeared on Newsnight to talk about what went wrong with the election polls.

He's posted a blog on the issue and told Newsnight he thought elections without polls would be worse - because politicians could then make claims about public opinion.

Tuesday's Independent

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Stella Creasy for deputy leader?

Stella Creasy MP told Evan Davis on Newsnight she would not stand for the Labour leadership, but suggested she would consider standing as deputy.

"I'm open to that question. ...I want to hear what people have to say," she said.

The Labour MP for Walthamstow in London said the party's best campaigns had come from the "grassroots" up and she wanted the party to be a "movement" again.

SNP

BBC political correspondent tweets:

SNP's Angus Robertson says "there has to be growing recognition that things have moved on from the Smith Commission"

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Passport control

Channel 4 correspondent tweets...

SNP MPs must be among the few groups of travellers who fly into London Airport and wish they did have to go through passport control

Tuesday's FT

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Tuesday's Telegraph

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Labour donor: 'Broaden appeal'

Labour party donor and businessman John Mills has said the party needs to broaden its appeal, while not losing its "traditional role" of helping people who have fallen on hard times.

He told the BBC News Channel there had been an element of Labour being seen as anti-business and that had "cost the party dear".

However, he added:

I have been through defeats and successes in politics for a long time, but the reality is that the wheel of fortune turns. This is an important time for people who support the Labour party to do something to try to re-build it."

Labour 'more pessimistic than polls'

Labour's election pollster says public polls "showed a much more favourable position for Labour than we were finding in our internal data" both before the campaign and during it.

Newsnight's policy editor Chris Cook has been speaking to James Morris, who worked for Labour from when Ed Miliband was elected leader in 2010 until the election last week.

Mr Morris told him:

We knew we had much more work to do and were still dogged by a loss of trust."

You can read Chris Cook's report here.

Ed Miliband
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Lord Steel's attack

"This election has set us back decades", writes the former Liberal leader (Lord) David Steel in The Guardian.

The article is headlined "Six ways Nick Clegg steered the Liberal Democrats to disaster".....

'Treasured' NHS

A tweet from the Health Secretary

NHS was on ballot paper & top issue 4 voters. Pleased they placed trust in Conservatives to steward our most treasured national institution.

Was Shapps demoted?

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason was asked whether the move to the post of international development minister was a demotion for Grant Shapps, who was party chairman.

He said:

On the face of it, it looks like that [a demotion]. As important as the government will insist that role is, it's not a principal role in a new government."

Grant Shapps
Grant Shapps

Boris 'Like a new day at school'

Laura Kuenssberg from Newsnight caught up with Boris Johnson about the atmosphere in the Commons today which, according to him, "is just like a new day at school".

Watch the brief exchange here .

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Labour meeting

More now on the first meeting this evening of Labour's parliamentary party since their election defeat.

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the MPs discussed the possible timetable for electing a new leader and were told by acting party leader Harriet Harman that there were "balanced arguments" over whether a short or long campaign would be best.

After the meeting, Labour sources said there had been no "settled view" on the timing and that the three options were: Before the summer recess; in the autumn but before the annual conference or at the annual conference.

There was however very little appetite for the last option - the party was keen to avoid a repeat of the last leadership eelction and it was felt the new leader should "bed in" before, and not at, a conference.

Harriet Harman
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Shapps' move

A Spectator columnist writes...

Grant Shapps is now a minister of state at DFID. This isn't what the party chairman in an election winning campaign would expect as a reward

'Bruising week'

Chris Leslie, the new shadow chancellor, says it has been a "very bruising week" but that Labour now needs to give people a "sense of trust".

He told the BBC News channel:

I'm determined we will be a strong opposition and the fightback starts here."

Asked if he was going to stand for the Labour leadership, he said: "Oh Gosh. I'm not thinking about any of those things today. One day at a time."

Get involved - Nigel Farage

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New Conservative Party Chairman

Lord Feldman is appointed Conservative Party Chairman and will attend political cabinet meetings. He replaces Grant Shapps, who is the new international development minister.

Shapps moved

Grant Shapps has been moved from party chairman to the post of international development minister, David Cameron has announced.

BME

A Labour MP writes ...

Lots of focus on Bristol having 4 women MPs but little attention to @tdebbonaire being our first BME MP, possibly first ever in South West?

Get it right on your first day as a newly elected MP

A BBC story by Alex Murray

Starting a new job can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. And if that job is representing a parliamentary constituency for the the first time, it's good to remember to get the essentials right.

Natalie McGarry - one of the SNP's "Magnificent Seven" Glasgow MPs - remembered to pack a wardrobe change, thus defeating an exploding pen and arriving covered in ink.

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Who will run for Labour leadership?

Chief Correspondent + Presenter @BBCNewsnight tweets:

Neither Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt will confirm whether or not they re going to run for leadership as they go into the PLP

Farage on not quitting

Nigel Farage has spoken up on why he is not quitting as UKIP leader after all. Writing in the Daily Telegraph , he said:

UKIP’s NEC overwhelmingly refused my resignation, citing the party membership support as a reason for which I should stay on. I was reluctant. I wanted evidence, I wanted options. And they all came. I was left in a situation that made it clear; there was only one person the NEC wanted for the job, and the party membership was in support.

More from Norman Lamb

The thing that has always driven him and is central to his liberalism, Mr Lamb says, is giving people power, and taking it away from unaccountable institutions.

"I've never shrunk away from a challenge." he adds.

"It's terribly important that we articulate a modern vision for this country that connects with people."

And what would make him good at the job of Lib Dem leader?

"To be able to communicate with people, to engage and connect with people, and it's critical that we do that."

Will it be a two-horse race with Tim Farron? Full story here.

Labour 'should challenge and harry'

Chris Mason

Political Correspondent

The acting leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman, has told Labour MPs their job is to "challenge and harry" the Conservatives "every step of the way".

Addressing the Parliamentary Labour Party at Westminster, Ms Harman said: "You are going to be getting up there and at them".

'We have got to throw off any sense of loss or mourning," she added.

"The SNP are going to be strutting down this corridor, they want to see us downcast, we're not going to give them that pleasure."

She expressed frustration at some of the commentary from Labour figures in recent days. "We do have to be truthful about what happened, but not step over the line and cause further problems."

And she spoke at length about the timetable for electing a new Labour leader, setting out a few options including a short campaign with the result by the end of July, or a longer one with a view to the result being later in the year.

Norman Lamb on standing

Norman Lamb, confirming to the BBC that he will run for the Lib Dem leadership, said he made his decision after "an awful lot" of soul-searching in a period of "complete exhaustion" after the election.

But he concluded he should do it, he said, as “obviously the party suffered devastating results last Thursday. It’s critically important that we reconnect and... have an effective advocate for what modern liberalism is all about.”

'Big mistake'

Conservative former Scotland Secretary Lord Forsyth said SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon had made "a big mistake" in committing herself to fiscal autonomy, which he said would leave a black hole of up to £9bn in Scotland's finances, depending on the oil price.

"It would mean either massive increases in taxes or massive cuts in public services," said Lord Forsyth. "It is simply undeliverable."

He told a post-election conference in Westminster that the Union was "in mortal danger" and urged David Cameron to produce a White Paper setting out the economic risks of fiscal autonomy.

Lib Dem leadership

ITV News Deputy Political Editor tweets:

"I am going to put myself forward, yes" @normanlamb tells @itvanglia when asked he will stand for next Lib Dem leader

'Hopeful sign'

Environmental charities have welcomed the appointment of Amber Rudd as Energy Secretary, calling it a "hopeful sign" the government is committed to acting on climate change. The Hastings and Rye MP has entered Cabinet for the first time, moving upwards within the department where she was a minister.

Simon Bullock, from Friends of the Earth, said:

Amber Rudd has already acknowledged the need to boost renewables and increase investment in energy efficiency - and importantly she recognises the devastating impact that climate change will have without action."

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Nick Robinson on the new Cabinet

Nick Robinson, the Political Editor of BBC News, writes in his blog that while many faces stay the same in the Cabinet reshuffle, it "would be a mistake, however, to see only the continuity and not the change".

He says 

'UKIP deluged with calls'

Politics Producer, BBC News, tweets:

.@paulnuttallukip says @UKIP reinstated Nigel Farage as leader because they were deluged with calls from the public asking for him to stay