With England voting for financial rectitude, and in alarm at the rising power of the SNP, only the Conservative party benefitted from the achievements of the Coalition.
The result was a massacre of the LibDems, and Ed was one of several leading figures to lose.
Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / LKP thanks Ed for all his support in our efforts to make leasehold fairer.
It was thanks to him that Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation staged a meeting at the Commons in the autumn of 2009.
He also raised the issue of the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing with the authorities before Peverel admitted the practices to the Office of Fair Trading.
Ed was indignant that Peverel qualified for leniency in the OFT’s tardy and feeble investigation.
With Sir Peter Bottomley, he grilled the OFT director demanding an explanation.
It was thanks to this that the Competition and Markets Authority held its inquiry into leasehold management, which has had the benefit of confirming that abuses do take place and that changes are required.
As Ed was the Energy Secretary and in the Cabinet, he had little time to give to leasehold issues, but when his weight was requested he did not hesitate to assist us in our work.
There was little upside in doing so.
Most MPs are happy enough to write – usually misconceived – letters about leasehold, and leave it at that.
On the other hand, Ed understood the considerable commercial interests in play and how they set about monetising the sector.
He was generous with the limited time at his disposal in assisting us.
We believe that Ed has left an achievement of outstanding public service. It is our hope that this is not the end of his political career.