British prime minister Theresa May: “I’ve seen the way that Jeremy Corbyn wants to sneak into Number 10 by playing on the fears of older and vulnerable people, and I’ve clarified what we will be putting in the green paper which I set out in the manifesto.” Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

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US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan. Patrick Freyne takes us through the unthinkable as it happened. Photograph: Reuters

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Peter Hain (left), then secretary of state for Northern Ireland, presents Aidan Hennigan  with an OBE at a reception at the Irish Embassy in London in April  2006, in recognition of his long service to journalism. File photograph:John Stillwell/PA

Former Irish Press London editor Aidan Hennigan OBE died today a few weeks short of his 91st birthday. Francis Aidan Bernard Hennigan, to give him (...)

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Aa masked jihadi mocks British prime minister David Cameron in a purported Islamic State video. Photograph: PA

The poor don’t rebel; they don’t have the energy or the time. And they don’t have the money. Recently on Andrew Neil’s politics show on the BBC an ar(...)

David Mitchell and a “woefully miscast” Jeremy Paxman, presenters of Channel 4’s “Alternative Election Night”. Photograph: Channel 4/PA Wire

For the last three weeks, the TV boffins have been telling us nothing was certain. This was the most unpredictable election in a generation.When the e(...)

David Cameron  at the village hall in Norton-sub-Hamdon in the Yeovil constituency, Somerset. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

For five years, David Cameron has made great play of a letter left by a Labour minister for the Liberal Democrats’ David Laws on the latter’s first da(...)