UK’s Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, resigned Friday May 8, 2015 afternoon after a humiliating election defeat which saw the Conservatives win a majority.
He made the announcement shortly to a room full of supporters, saying solemnly: “This is not the speech I wanted to give today because I believe that Britain needed a Labour government.
“I still do, but the public voted otherwise last night. I am tendering my resignation taking effect after this afternoon’s commemoration of VE-Day.
“I want to do so straight away because the party needs an open debate about the right way forward without constraint.”
Miliband said he phoned David Cameron earlier to congratulate him on his victory. He then told the audience: “I take absolute and total responsibility for this result.”