Twelve hours that left the nation dazed and confused

For those following the results as they were declared, it was as draining a night as it was for the politicians. Paul Vallely reports

Tories win over key constituencies in the North

The Conservatives made impressive gains across the north of England last night, winning key seats in Yorkshire and the North west.

Tactical voting call by Labour condemned as 'desperate'

I want every vote, says Brown, as Tories and Liberal Democrats unite to reject Peter Hain's offer of an unofficial pact

Deutsche Bahn snaps up Arriva for £1.5bn

Arriva's board is unanimously recommending a £1.5bn merger proposal from Germany's Deutsche Bahn.

Editor-At-Large: Cameron insists we're all equal. The cheek of it!

I'm always up for a party – isn't that what we Brits are really good at? Celebrating, doing things to excess, having fun. But this party Dave Cameron wants me to sign up for is strangely unappealing. For a start, what kind of guest list is operating if everyone is included? Where's the guest list? Who's entitled to access the VIP area? Oh, there isn't one. Everyone can wear what they want, bring who they like. Doesn't sound like any kind of party I've ever wanted to attend.

Shop Direct to axe 1,500 jobs

Home shopping group Shop Direct is to axe 1,500 jobs at three of its centres, union leaders were told today.

Sailing: 16-year-old girl sets out on solo global voyage

A 16-year-old has set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Two remanded over stab death

Two men today appeared in court charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed in his home.

Tory councillor expelled after rape remarks

A city councillor has been expelled from the Conservative Party after making offensive remarks about rape at a meeting.

Calls over boy rapist were ignored, says judge

A judge criticised a social department today for ignoring pleas from a child psychiatrist who said an 11-year-old boy needed to be taken into care.

End of an odyssey: Boy sailor returns to harbour

Mike Perham battled 50ft waves and months of loneliness to become the youngest person to sail round the world alone

Portsmouth complete Smith signing

Portsmouth have signed Watford striker Tommy Smith on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.

Scrappage plans see Nissan hire 150 staff

The Japanese car maker Nissan has raised its UK production plans by about 5 per cent and added 150 temporary workers as European scrappage schemes boost demand.

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