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How many Lib Dems have lost their seats in the 2015 general election?

The Lib Dems went from 57 to eight seats.

In what Nick Clegg has called a "cruel and punishing night" for the party, the Liberal Democrats have lost the majority of their seats, including several senior politicans and ministers such as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, Energy Secretary Ed Davey and Business Secretary Vince Cable. Nick Clegg held his Sheffield Hallam seat, but resigned as leader. An exit poll suggested the party could lose 47 seats in the House of Commons. The party now have only one MP left in London, and lost nearly £150,000 in parliamentary deposits.

49 Lib Dems lost their seats:

 

  • Robert Smith, Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine (to Stuart Donaldson - SNP)
     
  • Brendan O'Hara, Argyll & Bute (to Brendan O'Hara - SNP)
     
  • Steve Bradley, Bath (to Ben Howlett - Conservative)
     
  • Simon Hughes, Bermondsey & Old Southwark (to Neil Coyle - Labour)
     
  • Michael Moore, Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk (to Calum Kerr, SNP)
     
  • John Hemming, Birmingham Yardley (to Jess Phillips - Labour)
     
  • David Ward, Bradford East (to Imran Hussain - Labour)
     
  • Roger Williams, Brecon & Radnorshire (to Christopher Davies - Conservative)
     
  • Lauren Keith, Brent Central (to Dawn Butler, Labour)
     
  • Stephen Williams, Bristol West (to Thangam Debbonaire, Labour)
     
  • Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley (to Julie Cooper, Labour)
     
  • John Thurso, Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross (to Paul Monaghan, SNP)
     
  • Julian Huppert, Cambridge (to Daniel Zeichner, Labour)
     
  • Jenny Willott, Cardiff Central (to Jo Stevens, Labour)
     
  • Mark Hunter, Cheadle (to Mary Robinson, Conservative)
     
  • Martin Horwood, Cheltenham (t0 Alex Chalk, Conservative)
     
  • Duncan Hames, Chippenham (to Michelle Donelan, Conservative)
     
  • Bob Russell, Colchester (to Will Quince, Conservative)
     
  • Dan Rogerson, Cornwall North (to Scott Mann, Conservative)
     
  • Nick Harvey, Devon North (to Peter Heaton-Jones, Conservative)
     
  • Vikki Slade, Dorset Mid & Poole North (to Michael Tomlinson, Conservative)
     
  • Jo Swinson, Dunbartonshire East (to John Nicolson, SNP)
     
  • Stephen Lloyd, Eastbourne (to Caroline Ansell, Conservative)
     
  • Mike Thornton, Eastleight (to Mims Davies, Conservative)
     
  • Mike Crockart, Edinburgh West (Michelle Thomson, SNP)
     
  • Tim Brett, Fife North East (to Stephen Gethins, SNP)
     
  • Christine Jardine, Gordon (to Alex Salmond, SNP)
     
  • Lisa Smart, Hazel Grove (to William Wragg, Conservative)
     
  • Lynne Featherstone, Hornsey and Wood Green (to Catherine West, Labour)
     
  • Danny Alexander, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (to Drew Hendry, SNP)
     
  • Ed Davey, Kingston and Surbiton Davey (to James Berry, Conservative
     
  • Norman Baker, Lewes (to Maria Caulfield, Conservative)
     
  • John Leech, Manchester Withington (to Jeff Smith, Labour)
     
  • Simon Wright, Norwich South (to Clive Lewis, Labour)
     
  • Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth South (to Flick Drummond, Conservative)
     
  • Josh Mason, Redcar (to Anna Turley, Labour)
     
  • Charles Kennedy, Ross, Skye & Lochaber (to Ian Blackford, SNP)
     
  • Lorely Burt, Solihull (to Julian Knight, Conservative)
     
  • David Rendel, Somerton & Frome (to David Warburton, Conservative)
     
  • Stephen Gilbert, St Austell & Newquay (to Steve Double, Conservative)
     
  • Paul Burstow, Sutton & Cheam (to Paul Burstow, Conservative)
     
  • Rachel Gilmour, Taunton Deane (to Rebecca Pow, Conservative)
     
  • Steven Webb, Thornbury and Yate (to Luke Hall, Conservative)
     
  • Adrian Sanders, Torbay (to Kevin Foster, Conservative)
     
  • Vince Cable, Twickenham (to Tania Mathias, Conservative)
     
  • Tessa Munt, Wells (to James Heappey, Conservative)
     
  • David Laws, Yeovil (to Marcus Fysh, Conservative)
     
  • Jeremy Browne, Taunton Deane (to Rebecca Pow, Conservative)
     
  • Andrew George, St Ives (to Derek Thomas, Conservative)

 

Held:

 

  • Tom Brake, Carshalton and Wallington
     
  • Mark Williams, Ceredigion
     
  • Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West
     
  • Alistair Carmichael, Orkney and Shetland
     
  • Norman Lamb, Norfolk North
     
  • Nick Clegg, Sheffield Hallam
     
  • John Pugh, Southport
     
  • Tim Farron, Westmorland & Lonsdale

 

Anna Leszkiewicz is a pop culture writer at the New Statesman.

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Word of the week: Michellania


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After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

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