Hillary Clinton has conceded defeat in an emotional speech in New York – urging her supporters to not give up hope, and to strive to uphold American values.

Flanked by her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea, the 69-year-old looked resolute and composed, despite the evident pain of the situation. She admitted it was painful – but told Americans, more of whom supported her than her rival, to unite behind Donald Trump.

“I believe in America, and I still do,” she said. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind, and the goodwill to lead.”

Wearing purple – the colour of mourning and of spirituality – she said her supporters must maintain American values: freedom, respect, tolerance.

“Our constitution enshrines the rule of law, freedom of worship and expression, we cherish these values too.

“Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, all the time.

“We have to make our economy work for everyone – not just those at the top – protecting our country and protecting our planet.

“Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part.”

She thanked her team, describing them as the best anyone could have wished for.

And she closed by telling women and girls not to give up hope: “Many of you are embarking on your careers and you will have setbacks too.

“But please, never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it. It is, it is worth it.

“And to all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

“I know we have still not shattered that highest, hardest glass ceiling. But I know that someone will. To all the little girls.

“You have the power to pursue your own dreams.”

In the early hours of the morning Mr Trump had offered generous words for his vanquished opponent, saying she had worked hard for many years and was owed a “deep debt of gratitude”.

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