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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 22:10 GMT 23:10 UK
In pictures: Election night
A youth performs a trick on his BMX outside a polling station in Surrey.
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The race for 10 Downing Street is on. As polling stations close an exit poll suggests Tony Blair is on his way to an historic third term in power, but with a reduced majority.
A ballot box is rushed into the Sunderland South count
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Ballot boxes are rushed to counting stations around the country.
Chris Mullin, Labour MP for Sunderland South
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As in the previous three elections the first constituency to declare is Sunderland South, its result being announced at 2243 BST. It's a hold for Labour with Chris Mullin re-elected as MP.
Counting underway at Macduff Town Hall in the Banff and Buchan constituency
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In Scotland counting is under way at Macduff Town Hall in the Banff and Buchan constituency.
Liberal Democrats at the Commonwealth Club in London
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Liberal Democrats at the Commonwealth Club in London celebrate another victory as the election unfolds.
John Burton
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John Burton, Tony Blair's agent, watches the results come in from around the country as he waits for the declaration in the prime minister's constituency of Sedgefield.
Alex Salmond
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Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond is re-elected in Banff and Buchan with an increased majority. Salmond says "I think it's shaping up as a pretty good night for the SNP."
Tony Blair after being re-elected as MP for Sedgefield with his wife Cherie
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Despite a swing away from Labour, Prime Minister Tony Blair is set to win the election with a majority of over 60.
Charles Kennedy with wife Sarah and new son Donald
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Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy celebrates with his wife Sarah and new son Donald after retaining his seat in the constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber.
George Galloway
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George Galloway leads his Respect party to victory over Labour's Oona King to take the seat of Bethnal Green and Bow.
George Galloway
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Conservative party leader Michael Howard increases his own majority in his constituency of Folkestone and Hythe, but concedes defeat in the election to Tony Blair.
Tony and Cherie Blair arrive in Downing Street
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As dawn arrives Tony Blair returns to Downing Street having won an historic third term in government for Labour but with a drastically reduced majority.
David Trimble resigns as leader of the UUP
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In another twist, David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in Northern Ireland steps down after loosing his seat to the DUP who strengthen their position.




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