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BBC cameras have captured key speeches and interviews from the election night, and morning after, which saw gains for the Conservatives and SNP, losses for Labour and the Lib Dems, with no major shift for the Greens, UKIP and Plaid Cymru.
David Cameron has returned to Downing Street, after his party secured 331 seats in the Commons, a majority of 12 over other parties.
CONSERVATIVE: Cameron on 'positive response to positive campaign'
LABOUR: Ed Miliband steps down as Labour leader
SNP: Sturgeon says result 'beyond my wildest dreams'
LIB DEM: Nick Clegg resigns as Lib Dem leader
UKIP: Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader
GREEN: Bennett on 'Greens in centre of British politics'
CONSERVATIVE: Boris Johnson wins Uxbridge and Ruislip South
CONSERVATIVE: Cameron on 'the sweetest victory of all'
LABOUR: 'No excuses' says Scotland's Labour leader
LABOUR: Miliband on 'very difficult and disappointing night'
SNP: Salmond says 'Scottish lion has roared'
LIB DEM: Ashdown caught out on hat-eating promise
UKIP: Reckless loses seat to Tories
GREEN: Caroline Lucas claims 'political system broken'
PLAID: Wood says Plaid will be 'strong voice'
ULSTER UNIONIST: Tom Elliott on 'great victory for UK'
DUP: Robinson pays tribute to Long and McCrea
SINN FEIN: Doherty says 'Happiness is winning West Tyrone'