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Daily’s editions highlight contrasting fortunes after Tory election win

A regional daily ran two editions overnight showing contrasting fortunes on a good election night for the Tories and a bad one for Labour.

The first edition of today’s Manchester Evening News, which went off-stone at 1am, showed a smiling Boris Johnson after 10pm exit polls correctly predicted a large majority for the Conservatives.

The front page of the second edition, sent at 4.30am, concentrated on Jeremy Corbyn’s misfortune and his announcement that he would not fight another election.

The MEN also ran a live blog through the night with reporters at every Greater Manchester count and a team anchoring content at its office.

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MEN editor Darren Thwaites called on Twitter for the Prime Minister to ensure the Power Up The North campaign is prioritised following a pre-election bid by a number of regional press titles.

The call was echoed by Yorkshire Post editor James Mitchinson, who told Mr Johnson “We stand ready as your critical friend to help rebuild Britain and to Power Up The North.”

The Leeds-based Post itself covered the exit poll on its front page this morning.

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In Scotland, Dundee daily The Courier focused on the Scottish National Party’s gains, and what that could mean for a second independence referendum.

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In Edinburgh, The Scotsman noted how the PM’s election “gamble” had paid off.

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And in Glasgow, the Daily Record prepared for what it called a “Friday the 13th horror show” and a “nightmare on Downing Street” – opting only to show the back of Mr Johnson’s head on its front page.

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The Record had yesterday called on readers to make Scotland “Tory-free” at the polls.

Finally, in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph concentrated on how the new Conservative majority had left the DUP “sidelined”.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    No sign of The New European?

    Is it still going?
    If it is after this I doubt it will continue

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  • December 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    @From the Word furnace
    There’s a second edition this week, I see, with the somewhat ironic headline ‘What’s next?’
    Now that the dynamic duo behind it can’t take a Sun-inspired ‘It’s TNE wot won it’ approach to the Brexit saga, its time is surely up and resources should be diverted to other Archant titles. But, unlike other closures at the company, you can bet there won’t be any redundancies; rather campaign medals will be awarded.
    And I say all this as a committed remainer.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Who remembers the days when we used to report on the election result in all of the evening papers, rather than guesswork through exit polls that people didn’t already know yesterday.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    About time they pulled the plug on the New European as it’s old hat and is a luxury Archant can Ill afford

    I’d suggest whoever’s in charge of content concentrates on vastly improving the quality of the content on the rest of Archants portfolio of newspapers, digital and particularly their social media sites

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