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A supporter holds a card for Ed Miliband, who has resigned as leader of the Labour party after an unexpectedly heavy defeat in the UK general election

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Nuns leave a polling station after voting in London as Britain holds a general election. Polls opened today in Britain’s closest general election for decades with voters deciding between the Conservative party, headed by prime minister David Cameron; the Labour party, headed by Ed Miliband and a host of smaller parties.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron walks back onto his Conservative Party campaign bus after a factory visit whilst campaigning in Pendle in northern England, Britain...Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron walks back onto his Conservative Party campaign bus after a factory visit whilst campaigning in Pendle in northern England, Britain, May 1, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron walks back onto his Conservative Party campaign bus after a factory visit whilst campaigning in Pendle in northern England 

Conservative Party supporters wear Nicola Sturgeon masks during a photocall in Victoria Tower Gardens on Friday in London, England. The stunt was to warn of the risk of any possible coalition between the Labour Party and the SNP

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Conservative Party supporters wear Nicola Sturgeon masks during a photocall in Victoria Tower Gardens on Friday in London, England. The stunt was to warn of the risk of any possible coalition between the Labour Party and the SNP

Nick Clegg Visits A West Country School With His Wife...CHIPPENHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (C) and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez help make a crumble at Ivy Lane Primary School as he canvasses with local Liberal Democrat candidate for Chippenham Duncan Hames (R) on April 29, 2015 in Chippenham, England. As the campaign enters the final days, the country's political parties are stepping up the campaign to appeal for votes from the indecided electorate.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez help make a crumble at Ivy Lane Primary School as he canvasses with local Liberal Democrat candidate for Chippenham Duncan Hames on Wednesday in Chippenham, England 

General Election 2015 campaign - April 28th...Chancellor George Osborne talks to Craig Mackinlay, Conservative parliamentary candidate for South Thanet during a General Election campaign visit to Ramsgate in Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 28, 2015. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Chancellor George Osborne talks to Craig Mackinlay, Conservative parliamentary candidate for South Thanet during a General Election campaign visit to Ramsgate in Kent 

A woman runs past artwork of a large hand on a wall in central London, Britain on Monday

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A woman runs past artwork of a large hand on a wall in central London, UK, on Monday

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks at an election campaign event in Stockton-on -Tees in northern England...Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks at an election campaign event in Stockton-on -Tees in northern England, April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks at an election campaign event in Stockton-on-Tees in northern England

A performer takes part in an unveiling of a billboard against fracking in central London, Britain on Monday

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A performer takes part in an unveiling of a billboard against fracking in central London, UK, on Monday

ATTENTION EDITORS - CAPTION CORRECTION FOR LON101 TRANSMITTED ON APRIL 23, 2015 AT APPROXIMATELY 0830 GMT...ATTENTION EDITORS - CAPTION CORRECTION FOR LON101 TRANSMITTED ON APRIL 23, 2015 AT APPROXIMATELY 0830 GMT. THE CAPTION INCORRECTLY MENTIONS A PUSH CHAIR. A CORRECTED VERSION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS THIS ADVISORY. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. REUTERS.  A woman walks past a piece of street art depicting a pregnant Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in north London, April 23, 2015. The Duchess is due to give birth to her second child in the next few days.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY  TEMPLATE OUT

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A woman walks past a piece of street art depicting a pregnant Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in north London. The Duchess is due to give birth to her second child in the next few days. 

A child of a party activist waits for Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron to deliver a speech at a regional campaign launch in Penzance on Thursday in Penzance, England. Britain goes to the polls in a General Election on May 7

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A child of a party activist waits for Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron to deliver a speech at a regional campaign launch in Penzance on Thursday in Penzance, England

The shadow of Britain's Prime Minister Cameron is cast on a screen as he delivers a speech in a garden shed warehouse during a campaign event in Bedford, southern...The shadow of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is cast on a screen as he delivers a speech in a garden shed warehouse during a campaign event in Bedford, southern England April 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Toby Melville

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The shadow of Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron is cast on a screen as he delivers a speech in a garden shed warehouse during a campaign event in Bedford, southern England 

Fans of the Royal family wait outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London, April 20, 2015. Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is due to give birth to her second child at the hospital some time in the next two weeks

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Fans of the Royal family wait outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital in London, on Monday. Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is due to give birth to her second child at the hospital some time in the next two weeks

Anthem of the Seas arrives in Southampton...The world's joint third largest cruise ship, MS Anthem of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean, arrives at berth 101 in Southampton Docks ahead of her naming ceremony on 20 April. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 15, 2015.

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The world’s joint third largest cruise ship, MS Anthem of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean, arrives at berth 101 in Southampton Docks ahead of her naming ceremony

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband greets a woman as he arrives at an election campaign event at the town hall in Bury, northern England...Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband greets a woman as he arrives at an election campaign event at the town hall in Bury, northern England, April 2, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Yates

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Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband greets a woman as he arrives at an election campaign event at the town hall in Bury, northern England 

A Royal Air Force Chinook flies over London during a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on March 13, 2015 in London, England. Royals including the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by veterans and families at St Paul's Cathedral for a service commemorating the end of British involvement in the Afghanistan war.

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A Royal Air Force Chinook flies over London during a Service of Commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan on Friday in London, England

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with a worker as he views a military aircraft during his visit to BAE Systems in Preston...Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) speaks with worker Sam Barrett as he views a military aircraft during his visit to BAE Systems, in Preston, northern England March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lynne Cameron/pool   (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with worker Sam Barrett as he views a military aircraft during his visit to BAE Systems, in Preston, northern England. 

Race goers check the form on Champion Day, during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 10, 2015.

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Racegoers check the form on Champion Hurdle day, the first day of the Cheltenham festival

A man with his English Setters at the annual Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, Britain, 05 March 2015. The world's largest dog show will be held from 05 to 08 March. The main competition is for the Best in Show award, the most coveted title sought by dog owners.

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A man with his English Setters at the annual Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, Britain, on Thursday. The world’s largest dog show will be held until Sunday. The main competition is for the Best in Show award, the most coveted title sought by dog owners

The horse and hounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt prepares for a mid-week hunt on the 10th anniversary of the ban on hunting with hounds on February 18, 2015 in Knutsford, England. The riders and hounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt set off on a drag hunt through the Cheshire countryside. It is 10 years today since the ban on hunting with hounds came into force after The Hunting Act was approved by parliament after 700 hours of debate in the house.

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The horse and hounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt prepares for a mid-week hunt on the 10th anniversary of the ban on hunting with hounds on Wednesday in Knutsford, England. The riders and hounds of the Cheshire Forest Hunt set off on a drag hunt through the Cheshire countryside