Ed Miliband has stepped down as leader of the Labour Party after a devastating election loss to the Conservatives.
A disappointed Miliband resigned as the head of the party today, admitting that the scale of Labour’s defeat to the Tories in the 2015 UK General Election had taken him and his staff by surprise.
The current forecasted result has the Conservatives winning a majority of 331 seats, with Labour taking just 232. Given that many expected the election to be a close run race between the two parties, Miliband is not the only person taken aback by the outcome.
Miliband told supporters he was “truly sorry” he did not succeed as Labour party leader, but will “never give up” fighting for the Britain he believes in.
In his resignation speech, Miliband added:
I take absolute and total responsibility for our defeat. I am so sorry for all of those colleagues who lost their seats.
Thank you for the selfies, thank you for the support. And thank you for the most unlikely cult of the 21st century – ‘Milifandom’.
Miliband becomes the third party leader to step down today, following the resignations of Nigel Farage of UKIP and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats in a whirlwind hour of British politics.