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Lib Dems hit hard in U.K. elections

AFP-JIJI

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg came under pressure Sunday to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the centrist party took a pounding in local elections.

Two would-be Lib Dem parliamentary candidates — staring at much-reduced prospects of winning seats at next year’s general election — have listed their names on an online letter, signed by more than 200 party members, calling for Clegg to step aside.

He insisted Friday he will not quit despite being down 307 seats to 427 in the English local authority seats voted for Thursday, with two of the 161 councils still to declare.

The unashamedly pro-EU party is expected to take another battering when the European Parliament election results are announced later on Sunday.

Clegg has acknowledged they could lose all 11 of their members of the European parliament.