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Nick Clegg loses seat in UK vote

Press Association logoPress Association 9/06/2017

British ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has lost his seat in Parliament, the biggest figure to fall so far in Britain's surprising election.

Clegg led the Liberal Democrat party through five years of coalition government with the Conservatives until 2015.

He lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in northern England to the Labour Party early on Friday.

The centrist, pro-EU Liberal Democrats had hoped to make big gains in the election by scooping up voters who want to remain in the bloc. But many of those seem to have voted Labour instead.

Clegg urged all politicians to try and heal a "deeply divided and polarised nation."

An exit poll predicts the Liberal Democrats will pick up a handful of seats to add to the nine they held before the election. In better news for the Liberal Democrats, former Business Secretary Vince Cable regained the seat he lost in 2015.

The Conservatives are projected to be the biggest party but could lose their overall majority.

AP

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