Six regional dailies scooped the national print titles to news of David Cameron’s resignation after the Prime Minister stepped down in the wake of the referendum Leave vote
A series of special editions across the UK regional press hit the streets on Friday morning after voters backed Brexit by a margin of 52-48pc.
Special editions of sister dailies the Express & Star, Wolverhampton, and the Shropshire Star, pictured below, carried the Prime Minister’s 8am announcement on their front pages, while the Oldham Evening Chronicle, which prints on the same day, also had the story.
The Manchester Evening News and the Birmingham Mail, normally printed overnight, also rushed out special morning editions to carry the news that the PM was stepping down.
The copy deadline for Friday editions of the Oldham Chronicle comes at the challenging time of 8.15am – so David Cameron’s resignation announcement came with moments to spare.
However, journalists managed to put together the special edition, pictured below.
Editor David Whaley said: “We knew that the national newspapers would miss the results when the EU referendum timings were announced and we expected to have a front page with the result.
“We were within minutes of sending Page One when the Prime Minster announced his decision to stand down. We were a few minutes late on the press but it was worth it.”
The Express & Star, below, had already published an overnight special with the referendum result but updated it to include a strapline on the PM quitting.
The paper’s poll of readers suggest an overwhelming majority would vote Leave proved accurate, with voters in the West Midlands voting by 59-41pc against continued EU membership.
Sunderland was among the first of the 382 regional counting centres to declare in the early hours of this morning, with 61pc of its electorate favouring Brexit.
The result was reflected on the front page of the Sunderland Echo, pictured below, featuring the headline ‘Wear Out’.
Three polls conducted by the papers in the lead-up to yesterday’s poll showed an increasing trend towards people on their patches voting for Brexit.
All areas of Scotland unanimously voted in favour of Remain, and the Edinburgh Evening News gave over its front page to ‘a nation divided’, while Glasgow-based daily The Herald carried the result in a 5am referendum edition.
The Herald’s sister daily the Glasgow Evening Times ran 6am and 11am editions, the latter of which, below, went out to 11,000 home delivery subscribers and larger city centre outlets.
Pro-Scottish independence daily The National, below, speculated that the result may trigger a second referendum on the issue.
Elswhere, the Aberdeen Evening Express also remarked on the stark difference in the way Scotland voted.
Four Trinity Mirror dailies had come out for Remain in the days leading up to the vote – the Birmingham Mail, Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News, below, and The Journal, Newcastle.
Of the cities served by those titles, three backed their newspapers’ stances – but Birmingham voted in favour of Brexit.