Live coverage - General Election 2010

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  1. 1043: Our live page coverage has finished for Election 2010. Thank you for using it - we hope you enjoyed it. For latest on the new government, Labour leadership and more, see our politics section.
  2. 2302: Prime Minister David Cameron will chair his first full cabinet meeting on Thursday. He is also expected to announce the rest of his government team, with another 15 or so Lib Dems thought to be in line for jobs.
  3. 2255: The Sun has some fun with Nick Clegg and David Cameron, likening them to legendary comedy double act Morecambe and Wise. Invoking Eric and Ernie's signature tune, it implores the PM and deputy PM to overcome the economic crisis facing the UK and "Bring Us Sunshine".
  4. 2245: Tony G, Cheshire, writes: This deal has shown great statesmanship and pragmatism from David Cameron. This isn't what he wanted but he recognises the cards that were dealt and gets on with playing the hand in the national interest. Have Your Say
  5. 2236: The Daily Mail describes the first Downing Street press conference by the Cameron-Clegg team as a "great love-in". "Sharing jokes, exchanging meaningful glances and referring to each other chummily as Nick and David, they couldn't have looked happier," the paper reports, in full Mills and Boon mode.
  6. 2222: The Financial Times says business leaders have welcomed the formation of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition. It states: "Leaders see dawn of 'new politics'".
  7. 2213: Thursday's newspapers are beginning to come in. The Independent makes light of the first Clegg-Cameron press conference, likening it to a wedding. Amid a series of photographs captioned with wedding vows, its headline says: "Dave and Nick, Britain's new power couple".
  8. 2158: The Conservatives have appointed a co-chairman to Baroness Warsi. Andrew Feldman, a clothing tycoon and close friend of David Cameron, takes on the unpaid role.
  9. 2147: David Cameron's first prime minister's questions session will not take place until at least 2 June, the BBC understands. The Queen's Speech takes place the previous week, with the resulting debate ruling out PMQs for Wednesday, 26 May.
  10. 2110: Lib Dem Anna Arrowsmith tweets: Dare I say it... I am really happy about this coalition. It gives us a chance to audition. Here's to a performance of a lifetime! Read Anna Arrowsmith's tweets
  11. 2050: The National Security Council has met in Downing Street, the BBC learns.
  12. 2031: Foreign Secretary William Hague has picked up another title - First Secretary of State. Under Labour, this was held by Lord Mandelson.
  13. 2010: Labour MP Jon Cruddas says he is "actively considering" running for the party leadership. The party needs to undergo a "thorough analysis" of its election campaign, he adds. Mr Cruddas came third in the 2007 contest to be Labour's deputy leader.
  14. 1959: The Cameron-Clegg press conference, held in the garden of Number 10, "looked a bit like a royal engagement interview", body language expert Judi James says.
  15. 1945: Labour MP Tom Watson, an ally of Gordon Brown, tweets: Oh no. Labour leadership election invades Twitter. Less than 24 hours after Gordon resigns. Inevitable but still sad. Period of reflection? Read Tom Watson's tweets.
  16. 1920: Labour blogger Sunny Hundal tweets about a think tank event: Consensus at the Compass event that having a quick leadership election at Labour would be a terrible idea. Read Sunny Hundal's tweets
  17. 1901: A few more names. Francis Maude is Cabinet Office minister, Patrick McLoughlin is chief whip and Oliver Letwin is the prime minister's policy adviser.
  18. 1854: Sir George Young is the new leader of the Commons and David Willetts becomes higher education minister.
  19. 1851: And you thought Nick Clegg and David Cameron was the only marriage in town. An informer reminds us that Vince Cable's chief adviser in his new role as business secretary is none other than Vicky Price - wife of a certain Chris Huhne, Mr Cable's fellow Lib Dem and the new energy secretary to boot.
  20. 1844: Newly appointed Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan says: "I met with the prime minister earlier and with the deputy prime minister, and I'm pleased to see that our coalition government is working very well together.
  21. 1838: More cabinet names are announced. Caroline Spelman is environment secretary; Philip Hammond is transport secretary; Cheryl Gillan is Welsh Secretary; Owen Paterson is Northern Ireland secretary; Lord Strathclyde is leader of the Lords.
  22. 1826: Tony Blair's former spokesman Alastair Campbell is to begin publishing his diaries in full from next month. He released heavily edited extracts after Mr Blair left office in 2007. But, now that the Labour government has ended, Mr Campbell will publish the unexpurgated diaries in four separate volumes.
  23. 1818: Adrian Sanders, Lib Dem MP for Torbay, tweets: Anyone with doubts about this historic agreement ought to read it first. Reading it today I still have to pinch myself. Read Adrian Sanders's tweets
  24. 1809: Brendan, Leatherhead, writes: The Cameron and Clegg's love-in at the back of Number 10 reminded me of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the Titanic! I hope it doesn't turn out that way for the country's sake. Have Your Say
  25. 1757: "I ought to be cynical, I ought to be saying it's all going to end in tears, but I just sense something good and genuine in the air and it just might work," says Matthew Parris, Times columnist and former Tory MP. "You almost have a sense of two men staging a coup against the British political system," he tells the BBC.
  26. 1750: The cabinet room is getting pretty full now. The latest addition is Conservative Andrew Mitchell as the International Development Secretary.
  27. 1744: Michael Tomasky, in the Guardian, says there could now be a "special relationship reboot". "Obama obviously kept Brown at a distance. I suspect he regarded Brown as damaged goods of some sort - not quite his own man. I think Obama is also very generationally driven: as a candidate and as an author, he spoke and wrote a lot about generational politics and changing priorities and perspectives. He and Cameron, just five years apart, may share certain cultural touchstones."
  28. 1738: Labour activist Luke Bozier tweets: David [Miliband] is now a candidate. Who I'm not supporting! If he'd run in 2007 I would have supported him. Read Luke Bozier's tweets
  29. 1732: "I believe that this contest - and I dearly hope it will be a genuine, real contest with many candidates - can be a credit to the Labour Party. It can be open, warm and comradely," Mr Miliband says, declaring his intention to stand.
  30. 1727: "I will be standing with a deep sense of humility at the responsibility attached to the post, but also great, great passion for the values and beliefs that led me into the Labour Party 27 years ago," Mr Miliband says. He adds that he wants to lead the party into a new era in which it is again a force for "economic and social change in this country".
  31. 1721: Former foreign secretary David Miliband says he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party.
  32. 1714: Baroness Warsi is to become Conservative Party chairman. She will be part of the cabinet - the first Muslim woman ever to hold such a senior political position.
  33. 1710: Andrew Stunell MP, one of the Lib Dems' negotiating team, has spoken about plans for a referendum on the introduction of the alternative vote. In an interview with BBC Northwest Tonight, he said: "We have agreed that the referendum should be one of the earliest things that the government undertakes - at a guess, and this is not in the document - we could have the referendum at the time of the May elections next year."
  34. 1704: Bookmakers William Hill have David Miliband as 2/7 favourite to be the next Labour leader, with brother Ed in second place at 5/1. Further down the list, Andy Burnham is at 8/1 and Ed Balls at 9/1.
  35. 1700: Another cabinet seat filled - Jeremy Hunt is to be Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Secretary. His briefcase is slightly larger than that of his predecessor Ben Bradshaw, as responsibility for the Olympics used to belong to a second minister.
  36. 1653: Kevin Maguire, at the Daily Mirror, says Labour shouldn't rush into a leadership contest. He writes: "It's fair enough for David Miliband to announce tonight he's running. He'll be asked the question repeatedly in the media anyway until he says he is. To say he'll run but wants the election to be held after a summer of reflection would show real leadership."Read Kevin Maguire's blog
  37. 1649: More congratulatory - and possibly multilingual - calls for David Cameron this afternoon. Downing Street says he's had telephone exchanges with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen, and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on subjects as diverse as the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and the global economy.
  38. 1643: Interim leader Harriet Harman paid tribute to Gordon Brown at this afternoon's meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party. She said he'd resigned with "great dignity", and the party should never forget his legacy, but they now had to be "gracious" in adapting to life in opposition. She said party membership had increased by 8,400 since polling day. Labour's National Executive Committee will meet next week to establish the timetable for the leadership contest, reports the BBC's Carole Walker.
  39. 1640: Gordon Brown's wife Sarah has changed her Twitter name from SarahBrown10 to SarahBrownUK. She tweets: "It is has been the greatest privilege to support the British government and campaign for important causes these last 13 years." Read Sarah Brown's tweets
  40. 1635: Steve Richards, from the Independent newspaper, tells the BBC he understands that Alan Johnson would have run for the Labour leadership if a "rainbow coalition" between his party, the Lib Dems and other smaller parties like the nationalists could have been formed.
  41. 1631: Former shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve is to be the new Attorney General - the government's most senior legal adviser.
  42. 1625: Chris Grayling's name is a notable absence from those given jobs in the cabinet so far. He was shadow home secretary when the Tories were in opposition, but has attracted attention for the wrong reasons a few times with some gaffes. Most recently, he suggested that bed and breakfast owners should be allowed to turn away gay couples. So his apparent exclusion may not be simply because a Lib Dem has replaced him, the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg says.
  43. 1620: The Liberal Democrats may have swallowed some extra spending cuts, but the Conservatives have taken on a lot of Lib Dem tax policies in return. Read Stephanie Flanders' blog
  44. 1615: Phil Bettley, from Chelmsford, writes: In the new political landscape, the country's reporters and political pundits are going to need to adjust too - less cynicism and exploiting differences, and more support of this bold and imaginative venture.Have Your Say
  45. 1611: Another couple of headlines from the coalition agreement. There will be no third runway at Heathrow airport and the UK will not join, or prepare to join, the Euro while the coalition is in power.
  46. 1602: The only Tory MP in a Scottish seat, David Mundell, will not be the Scottish Secretary. Instead, former Lib Dem chief of staff Danny Alexander is getting the job and Mr Mundell will be his deputy, taking on the title of Minister of State for Scotland.
  47. 1558: Ade Rooney, from Taunton, writes: If Messrs Cameron and Clegg are as good as their word, this could be the start of a refreshingly open and fairly balanced period of governance. Have Your Say
  48. 1553: Mehdi Hasan, in the New Statesman, is very unimpressed with our new coalition. He calls the PM and his deputy "TweedleCam and TweedleClegg", and accuses the Lib Dems of "surrender". He claims Mr Clegg "has betrayed progressives across the length and breadth of Britain" and "betrayed the longer-term strategic interests of his party, for crude and short-term tactical gains".
  49. 1549: The Lib Dems have called a special conference on Sunday to allow their membership to vote on the coalition agreement. It's already been approved by the powers at the top, but in a statement the Lib Dems s
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    1. Britain has its first coalition government since World War II.
    2. Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hold their first joint press conference, promising that their government will last.
    3. The cabinet contains five Lib Dems - Mr Clegg, Chris Huhne, David Laws, Danny Alexander and Vince Cable
    4. David Miliband formally announces his bid for the Labour leadership
    5. Alan Johnson rules himself out of the contest and backs David Miliband
    6. Live reporter: Justin Parkinson