Lib Dem membership rises after election defeat
Eight Lib Dem MPs were returned, compared to 57 in 2010. Among the high-profile casualties were Cabinet ministers Vince Cable, Ed Davey and Danny Alexander, while the party was left with no MPs in its former stronghold of the south-west of England.
Nick Clegg resigned as party leader in the wake of the election, describing it as the “most crushing” event since the party was formed.
The number of party members slumped over its five years in government, but a spokesperson said the new members since Thursday had now pushed membership over 50,000.
“People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before. We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.”