2019: The Year in Pictures

In political terms, this has been an extraordinary year. Over the last twelve months – during which the UK frequently found itself at the centre of global attention – we have seen a leadership race, two missed Brexit deadlines, several new political parties, two prime ministers, and now two major elections. After seven years, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange left the Embassy of Ecuador, Donald Trump made a full state visit, and Extinction Rebellion activists twice brought much of central London to a standstill as the climate crisis rose up the list of public concerns.

With only a few exceptions, most of the photographs gathered here were taken in Westminster – so they offer a very London-centric view of how the year has unfolded. I can't claim to know well they speak for the the mood in other parts of the UK, but they do offer a snapshot of twelve busy months covering the news in the capital.

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