Five big stories from the night (so far)

Here’s what you may have missed.

If you're just waking up, or simply need a recap, here are the biggest stories of Thursday night/Friday morning, so far:


1. What's gone wrong for the Lib Dems?

This might not be such a game-changer for the third party.


2. Peter Robinson out: a sensational result

First Minister of Northern Ireland loses his seat.


3. Britain's first-ever Green MP elected

Historic win for Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.


4. BNP fails to secure seats in Barking and Stoke Central

Nick Griffin is not elected to government, as Labour vote in Barking goes up.

And, of course . . .


5. Lembit's out!

Party star ousted by the Tories.

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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

Articles to read if you're sick of michellania:

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