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 Road to the election Monday, 6 January, 2003, 11:30 GMT
Ballot box June election called
Prime Minister Tony Blair finally confirms that the UK general election will take place on 7 June.
Conservative leader William Hague Tories pledge to set councils free
William Hague promises to set councils free and declares war on graffiti and "neighbours from hell".
William Hague and Laurence Robertson Second Tory says sorry in race row
A Tory MP who supported controversial race remarks by a fellow Conservative backs down after threats of "severe action" by party leaders.
William Hague Show of unity by Hague and Portillo
Tory leader William Hague and shadow chancellor Michael Portillo talk of "complete loyalty" in the face of leadership speculation.
 Baby bond part of new economy
William Hague has attempted to seize ground on the economy as the government announced radical new savings plans.
Tony Blair outside Downing Street Blair confirms election delay
Prime Minister Tony Blair signals a June general election by delaying May's county council polls for a month.
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UK voters back Labour over the race policy
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 Tory race row
Has Hague done enough to defuse it?

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Tell us what you think of the government's 60m spending spree on adsCostly ads
A public service or political self-promotion?

Europe is becoming a key election issue, a BBC News Online survey suggests
A Euro election?



Poster's 'pregnant' PM


Bookies back Tony Blair to win the forthcoming general election
Place your bets


BBC research examines the latest opinion poll from the Sun and Mori
Polls: A Blair landslide?


The UK prime minister has, in effect, fired the starting gun on the election campaign, writes Nick AssinderElection alert
Blair gives all-clear for June poll

Ann Widdecombe has renewed her attacks on Labour's asylum recordAsylum attack
The Tories will make asylum an election issue

Peter Mandelson faces another challenger in his campaign to remain MP for HartlepoolPoll plot
'Enemies' line up against Peter Mandelson
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