Liberal Democrats face 'devastating' losses

2015-05-08 07:35

London - Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was one of the few members of parliament from his party to hold a seat on Friday after the party faced "devastating" losses in a general election.

Clegg said it had been a "cruel and punishing night" for his party, which was on course to lose dozens of the 57 seats it held from 2010.

Clegg served as deputy prime minister in a coaltion government with the Conservatives for the past five years.

Other Liberal Democrat members of the coalition government were among those who lost their seats as the party said it had suffered "devastating" losses.

An exit poll forecast the Liberal Democrats to win just 10 seats.

Vince Cable, who served as business secretary, lost his seat to a Conservative candidate on what he called "a terrible night for our party all over."

Ed Davey, energy secretary in the coalition, and former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy also lost their seats.

Veteran politician Simon Hughes, who had represented his party and its predecessor in parliament for 32 years, was another major casualty.

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