The Night Brings Tears and Elation, Frustration and Much Expectation; on a Night of High Drama, Our Photographers Captured the Story around the UK. Political Editor TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Chooses the Best

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The Night Brings Tears and Elation, Frustration and Much Expectation; on a Night of High Drama, Our Photographers Captured the Story around the UK. Political Editor TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Chooses the Best


Byline: TOMOS LIVINGSTONE

THERE was elation, there were tears, there was tiredness and there was frustration for the political classes over the last 48 hours - and some frenetic activity too.

But one theme emerges from a quick glance through our selection of the best photographs of election night and its aftermath: No-one quite knows what is going to happen next.

For some candidates this was the end of the road, while for others, particularly the party leaders, the results were only the beginning of the journey. Some - like Nick Clegg, here - are just waiting for their cue.

It's all change for Mr Clegg.

Not long ago could do no wrong, and was photographed with a halo above his head. Now the leading man looks uncertS ain, as the expected gains failed to materialise. He still has a big role to play, but it's as kingmaker rather than conquering hero.

Gordon Brown must have wished he could have got a bigger plane as it's hardly surprising the world's media wants to know what he's thinking. Does he know himself? Even Sarah Brown looks to have her mind on other things when her husband gives her a kiss.

Samantha Cameron cuts a rather different figure, caught wearing her trainers as she steps out of the car. She doesn't know for sure whether she'll be moving house in the next few days.

Some Tories were already celebrating - Stephen Crabb in Preseli Pembrokeshire seals an increased majority with a kiss for his wife, Batrice.

But for two Labour women this was the end of the road. Julie Morgan lost by the narrowest of margins in Cardiff North, and is comforted by husband Rhodri. By contrast Jacqui Smith's haunted look suggests she won't be seeking a hug from her husband. The former Home Secretary lost her seat in the wake of revelations that her spouse claimed for two pornographic films on her parliamentary expenses. …

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