The move is revealed in Ed Balls' new book.
The New Statesman team continue to bring the latest news, analysis - and resignations.
Ukip's disappointment is compounded by its leader's failure to win a seat.
Black and minority ethnic representation in parliament is over 6 per cent for the first time ever, an increase of 50 per cent on last time.
Tim Farron is the most likely candidate.
This election's seen the biggest increase since 1997 - but it's still not speeding us towards equality.
The fundamentals - the Tories' advantage on leadership and the economy - reasserted themselves.
Tories take Morley & Outwood, in Labour's most shocking defeat.
"Most successful election campaign ever."
The Lib Dems went from 57 to eight seats.
Respect's only MP loses his seat.
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