Cameron's US visit: in photos

Eating hotdogs, watching the game, flying on Air Force One, the usual... The PM visits Barack Obama.

Cameron's US visit appears to have been made up of a series of photo opportunities. Above, David Cameron and Barack Obama eat hot dogs while watching a basketball game.

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Here they are sitting in the stands at the same game, which took place at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton Ohio.

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Obama greets enthusiastic fans after the game, while Cameron looks on. (You can watch a video of the rather awkward incident here).

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This is the money shot: Cameron and Obama stepping off Air Force One as they arrive in Ohio. Breathless commentary yesterday made much of the fact that Cameron is the first non-US leader to go on board the iconic plane with Obama.

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Looks like a shared romantic moment, but actually isn't. Here, Obama and Cameron walk towards Marine One before travelling from Washington to Ohio.

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Lord Sainsbury pulls funding from Progress and other political causes

The longstanding Labour donor will no longer fund party political causes. 

Centrist Labour MPs face a funding gap for their ideas after the longstanding Labour donor Lord Sainsbury announced he will stop financing party political causes.

Sainsbury, who served as a New Labour minister and also donated to the Liberal Democrats, is instead concentrating on charitable causes. 

Lord Sainsbury funded the centrist organisation Progress, dubbed the “original Blairite pressure group”, which was founded in mid Nineties and provided the intellectual underpinnings of New Labour.

The former supermarket boss is understood to still fund Policy Network, an international thinktank headed by New Labour veteran Peter Mandelson.

He has also funded the Remain campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe. The latter reinvented itself as Open Britain after the Leave vote, and has campaigned for a softer Brexit. Its supporters include former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour's Chuka Umunna, and it now relies on grassroots funding.

Sainsbury said he wished to “hand the baton on to a new generation of donors” who supported progressive politics. 

Progress director Richard Angell said: “Progress is extremely grateful to Lord Sainsbury for the funding he has provided for over two decades. We always knew it would not last forever.”

The organisation has raised a third of its funding target from other donors, but is now appealing for financial support from Labour supporters. Its aims include “stopping a hard-left take over” of the Labour party and “renewing the ideas of the centre-left”. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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