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Summary

  1. David Cameron appoints new junior ministers before holding first cabinet meeting
  2. He says measures to extend free childcare and lower the benefits cap will be in the first Queen's Speech
  3. Chuka Umunna says he will run for the Labour leadership
  4. Nigel Farage says his reinstatement as UKIP leader is "the right thing for the party"
  5. Would-be Lib Dem leader Norman Lamb says his party has learned an "extremely painful" lesson from the tuition fees U-turn

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By Marie Jackson and Rob Corp

All times stated are UK

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Tuesday night round-up

It's almost time to say goodnight but before we do, here's a reminder of some of the evening's best bits:

- Labour's vice chair Michael Dugher let rip at his party saying Ed Miliband's team had "too many pointy-heads and too few street fighters". (see 18:15)

- "I am not a US senator" - Douglas Carswell's reason for not accepting UKIP officials' offer of 15 new staff members paid for by public money. (see 16:32)

- Arnie, yes Arnold Schwarzenegger, tweets his congratulations to David Cameron. Who knew? (see 23:42)

- The Monster Raving Loony Party got more votes than the BNP (see 22:27)

Our Politics Live morning crew will be back with you from 06:00 to bring you the latest on Labour's leadership contest, new job figures and all the news from Downing Street and the Scottish Parliament.

Until then, goodnight!

Can Cameron pull off 'working class Toryism'?

Sketchwriter for Guido Fawkes

My one-word political strategy for Michael Howard was 'PLUMBERS!' If Cameron pulls working class Toryism off, Labour will lose 100 seats.

Wednesday's Times front page

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Arnie (the Terminator) congratulates PM

Congratulations to my friend @David_Cameron on your great victory. I look forward to seeing you very soon.

Hughes shed tears over election loss

Newsnight

Simon Hughes
BBC screengrab

What do you do when you lose the job you've had for the 32 years? For Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes, who was beaten in Southwark by Labour's Neil Coyle, it was a case of drowning his sorrows and shedding a few tears.

He tells Newsnight that he and his team stayed up until seven in the morning at the house of the local party chairman.

"We did drown our sorrows. Some of my colleagues were beside themselves."

"At eight o'clock in the morning, I had a few moments of tearfulness," he admits.

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Labour leadership contest: Who and When?

Newsnight

Newsnight's Laura Kuenssberg has been reflecting on Labour's quest to find a new leader, in particular the most-recently announced contender - Chuka Umunna. She says he came into Parliament in 2010 and every year his suits have got sharper. He's always been seen as smart and ambitious, metropolitan and a moderniser - he appeared alongside Lord Mandelson on Andrew Marr's sofa on Sunday. But, she says, he will have tough competition from the likes of Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham who are expected to announce their intentions within days.

Tomorrow, Labour's National Executive Committee will meet to decide on the timing of the leadership contest. The options are:

- wrap up by the end of July and get on with opposing the Tories (this could benefit the likes of Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham who have the experience to crack on)

- September, just before conference

- at party conference (this appears to be off the table as no-one wants a repeat of the Miliband brothers' contest which distracted everyone from the messages coming from the platform).

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Monster Raving Loony Party beats BNP

Commentator for the Telegraph

Just noticed that on Thursday the BNP got 1,667 votes nationally. The Monster Raving Loony Party got 3,898.

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Lib Dem Lamb 'backs Tories on EU vote'

Norman Lamb, the first Liberal Democrat MP to throw his hat into the ring to become the party's next leader, has been speaking to LBC Radio, where he's said he would back an in/out referendum on the EU:

It's going to happen in this parliament, at least that's what the prime minister has said, and I think we should embrace it."

Asked if that meant Lib Dems should vote for the legislation enabling the referendum to take place, he said:

I think that pro-Europeans need to have self-confidence, we should go out and argue the case. I think it's a referendum that can be won, I think it's critically in the national interest that we remain in the EU, but I will always argue the case for reform of the EU."

The Lib Dems have previously argued that a referendum should only be held if powers are transferred from the UK to Brussels.

Chris Grayling 'very happy' at becoming chief whip

Chris Grayling
Reuters

Government Chief Whip Chris Grayling has been telling his local paper he is "very happy" with his new job, having said to the Epsom Guardian on election night he wanted to stay as justice secretary.

The Epsom and Ewell MP tells the paper he "had to" give the reply he did on Thursday evening when asked about remaining as justice secretary, and added:

"I'm very happy with the new job."

And, Mr Grayling continues, he had already had a "long chat" with his successor Michael Gove - but would not be offering him any advice.

We have really done a swap as Michael Gove was chief whip... it’s important he does what he thinks is right. There are budgetary challenges ahead, but it’s important for someone who has already done the job not to be a back seat driver."

Rights old row

There appears to be a potential rammy - to use the Scottish vernacular - brewing between Westminster and Edinburgh over the UK government's plan to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) with a British Bill of Rights.

The issue at stake is whether the UK's justice department has the authority to enforce the change on Scotland, which is a different legal jurisdiction from England and Wales.

New Scottish Secretary David Mundell has insisted that as the bill of rights is new legislation, it will apply in Scotland.

But the Scottish Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has said he will "robustly oppose any attempt by the UK government to repeal the Human Rights Act or to withdraw from the ECHR".

You can read the full story here .

On this day in history: Labour leader John Smith dies

John Smith
PA

On this day in 1994, then-Labour leader John Smith died at the age of 55, having suffered a heart attack in his London flat.

You can read more about the story on the BBC's On This Day page.

'Join the opposition'

Harriet Harman
PA

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has emailed supporters, promising them the party will be:

the most effective, determined voice of opposition to this government we possibly can be right from day one."

Ms Harman - who will stand down as Labour Party deputy leader once Ed Miliband's replacement has been chosen, said:

Our defeat last week was deeply disappointing. Our opponents are hoping that we will feel absolutely crushed. But let me tell you this: we are not crushed. Yes, we have been defeated — but we are not defeatist."

And Ms Harman adds:

They've made promises on the NHS — if they break them, we will call them out on it, and fight them every step of the way. They are threatening £12bn of welfare cuts — we will do everything we can to protect those who will suffer the most."

Warning as Tory peers outnumbered

David Cameron is facing a mammoth task pushing Conservative pledges through the House of Lords,Tory grandee Baroness Shephard warns in an interview with the Evening Standard.

Labour and Liberal Democrat peers, who vastly outnumber Tories, have set the stage for “lots of late nights”, she says.

But she cautions the prime minister against stuffing the Lords with new friendly peers, claiming it would damage the House’s reputation.

Inside Westminster's new third party

Writer and commentator on Scottish issues tweets

This is a big moment: the first Westminster meeting of #the56. #SNP

This is a big moment: the first Westminster meeting of #the56. #SNP

Vaizey welcomed back to office

Minister for culture and the digital economy

Cake when I leave. Cake when I come back #GreatTeam

Cake when I leave. Cake when I come back #GreatTeam

Europe turns attention to UK

George Osborne talks to Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble
AP
Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble with chancellor George Osborne

BBC Europe editor Katya Adler is in Brussels where George Osborne attended a meeting of finance ministers. With a UK referendum now in sight, the unofficial focus of the meeting was on George Osborne himself, she says. Mr Osborne was sounding very determined, she adds, and his message was that the UK wants to improve its relationship with the EU. The German finance minister says he had a "good chat" with Mr Osborne and agreed to try to make progress on what the UK wants. David Cameron, she says, is in a very strong starting position after his decisive election victory. For now, there is a certain openness and cautious enthusiasm for reform.

And you thought all the appointments had been made?

Number 10 has confirmed two more appointments to the government team.

David Lidington
BBC

David Lidington, who was Europe minister in the last government, looks set to continue playing a key role in the negotiations ahead of the promised referendum after being reappointed at the Foreign Office

Francis Maude
PA

And Francis Maude, who stood down as an MP at the election, looks set to be made a peer to take up the post of trade and investment minister, in a joint role at the Business department and Foreign Office.

Trade union votes

Political correspondent for Channel 4 News

Paul Kenny of GMB says TUs expect to have 100,000 affiliated members signed up for leadership vote - on top of 221,000 ordinary Lab members

New minister 'supports equal marriage'

Caroline Dinenage
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There's been a bit of a flutter among the commentariat this afternoon about how the new minister for equalities, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, didn't vote for same-sex marriage in the last parliament.

In a statement, issued through the Department for Education, Ms Dinenage said:

I know that some people may be concerned about my voting record on same sex marriage however, I want to be clear - I am fully committed to advancing the cause of LGB&T equality and support the law on same sex marriage. I'm proud that the UK has just been named the most progressive country in Europe for LGB&T rights for the fifth year running, but as the new minister for equalities I know there's no room for complacency."

But Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall said the organisation was "disappointed" there were currently no openly LGB or T people attending cabinet. She said in a statement:

There is still a lot to do to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and we will work closely with Caroline Dinenage to ensure this is high on the agenda for this government."

O'Flynn defends Carswell over public cash row

UKIP economic spokesman

Whoever is briefing against @DouglasCarswell does not have UKIP's best interests at heart. Idea he would do anything "improper" is absurd.

Cooper and Burnham announcement 'not imminent'

Iain Watson

Political correspondent

There will be no announcement tomorrow from either Yvette Cooper or Andy Burnham that they will stand (though both are expected to declare and the former at some point this week).

Miliband team 'had too many pointy-heads'

Michael Dugher
PA

Labour's Michael Dugher has been venting to the New Statesman about where his party went wrong. He says Ed Miliband's team had "too many pointy-heads and too few street fighters".

The party fell into an "elephant trap" when it campaigned against Scottish independence with the Tories, he adds.

"We shouldn't have been in bed with the Tories. It was a complete strategic disaster. It killed us. It should have been a contest between two competing alternative visions for a changed Scotland."

Public cash for UKIP - update

Robin Brant

Political Correspondent

Further to reports of a row between UKIP and its MP Douglas Carswell (see 16:32) over what public funding he should receive, here's an update.

A senior UKIP official close to Nigel Farage has accused the party's only MP of "absurd" and "improper" behaviour after claims that Douglas Carswell was asked to recruit 15 extra staff for his parliamentary office.

The source told the BBC the Clacton MP sent an email yesterday saying he wanted sole control of around £650,000 that UKIP is set to receive in what's known as short money for opposition parties.

They suggested this was an "improper" proposal. They said the party planned to give Douglas Carswell staff but added "at no point have we said what we expect him to do". The senior party staffer said "this is him throwing his toys out of pram because he thought Nigel wouldn't be leader any more".

UKIP has insisted that the public funds will go to the party irrespective of Mr Carswell's views, saying they've "triple, quadruple checked that".

The source said "it's for us to spend as we want to spend it" and they added that "the party will take a dim view of four million people going unrepresented" if the Essex MP refuses to accept some of the money.

SNP's Robertson reappointed Westminster leader

Angus Robertson
PA

The MP for Moray, Angus Robertson, has been reappointed as leader of a much enhanced SNP group in the House of Commons.

While Mr Robertson had previously led a group of six MPs in Westminster, he is now responsible for a further 50, following the party's landslide in Scotland.

SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie was appointed deputy group leader following a meeting of the party's MPs earlier.

Mr Robertson spoke of his gratitude to Mr Hosie for his support and to former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who returns to Westminster after a five-year gap:

We have been announced as Westminster's third largest party - meaning we are better-placed to hold the UK government to account. Our MPs are committed to making Scotland's voice heard at every opportunity. Our MPs will continue to oppose the renewal of Trident, the Tories' unfair and punishing austerity agenda, and we will press for new powers for Scotland."

MPs 'spent £70,000 on high-tech kit'

Computer
BBC

Figures from the parliamentary expenses watchdog Ipsa show MPs spent £70,000 on new technology, six months before the general election.

According to Ipsa, 60 MPs submitted claims for new gadgets, including iPhones, iPads and computers, just before a moratorium on such spending came into effect last September.

While the watchdog concluded no rules had been broken, it did call on those MPs who were standing down at the election to consider donating the items to their successor, another MP, or to charity.

Baker: Left-wing 'punished us'

Norman Baker with Nick Clegg
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Ousted Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker says left-wing voters punished his party at the polls "but they have punished themselves even more" by allowing a Conservative government to be elected.

Mr Baker, who served as a Home Office minister for part of the last Parliament, lost the East Sussex seat of Lewes to the Conservatives by 1,083 votes.

In a post on his blog, Mr Baker said his party had "dealt effectively with the Tory vote" but lost because of the rise in support for left-wing parties.

Sadly, we saw a significant shift of voters to Labour and Green, particularly in Lewes itself, which handed the seat to the Tories. Those on the left who wanted to punish us for the coalition have done that, but they have punished themselves even more in the process - helping to elect a Tory MP and put in place a Tory majority government."

Norman Bakerex-Lib Dem MP

Mr Baker attacked Labour's campaign in Lewes:

It was preposterous for Labour to run a 'we can win here' campaign, when they had never won the seat and in the end came fourth. They did not even win a single town council seat. But they doubled their vote to just under 10% and that, with the increased Green vote, was enough to allow the Tories in."

Norman Bakerex-Lib Dem MP

Mr Baker said he would now return to being a "private individual".

I have no regrets at all, and if someone had told me in 1987 that the deal was that I would be a councillor for 16 years, council leader for six, an MP for 18 years, and a minister for four and a half years, I would have said that that was a pretty good deal."

Norman Bakerex-Lib Dem MP

Unison 'backs' Jim Murphy

BBC Scotland political reporter tweets

Public sector union @unisontweets backs Jim Murphy to remain @scottishlabour leader but warns it will not oppose 'wider movement for change'

Carswell: I am not a US senator

Robin Brant

Political Correspondent

Douglas Carswell
Reuters

A major stand-off has developed between senior UKIP figures and the party's only MP over public money they are entitled to receive. UKIP is entitled to around £650,000 of what's known as short money which goes to opposition parties to help finance their back-room operations.

I understand Douglas Carswell was approached by UKIP's party secretary yesterday and asked to recruit 15 extra staff for his parliamentary office. The Clacton MP rejected the proposal, making it clear he was not going to agree to the plan, which sources close to him have described as "improper". It's also believed that the Essex MP thinks spending that amount of taxpayers' money is "not what we're about".

It's believed that details of the dispute were made public by UKIP party officials following Mr Carswell's refusal to agree. Mr Carswell told the BBC: "I am not a US senator", adding, "I don't need 15 staff". He ended by saying: "UKIP is supposed to be different."