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Friday, 1 March, 2002, 18:40 GMT
The key moments
BBC News Online looks back at the dramatic moments in the political career of Peter Mandelson.


Mandelson welcomes report: 1 March 2002
Peter Mandelson
Peter Mandelson

A second report again clears Peter Mandelson of misconduct in the Hinduja passport affair and Downing Street says had all the facts been know he may not have had to resign. The BBC's Nick Robinson reports.

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Mandelson's name cleared: 9 March 2001
The Hammond Inquiry report
The Hammond Inquiry report

Peter Mandelson is cleared of any improper conduct over the Hinduja passport affair. The inquiry into the circumstances that led to his resignation in January concluded that Mr Mandelson had not deliberately lied about making a call to a Home Office minister. The BBC's Mark Mardell reports.

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Mandelson's statement
Peter Mandelson speaks to reporters in Hartlepool
Peter Mandelson speaks to reporters in Hartlepool

The Hammond Inquiry into the Hinduja passport affair exonerates Peter Mandelson of blame. At his constituency home in Hartlepool he expressed his relief and his determination to stay in politics - but not as a Cabinet minister.

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Mandelson 'rushed' into resigning

Mr Mandelson says he quit in a moment of personal weakness
Mr Mandelson says he quit in a moment of personal weakness

Peter Mandelson now says he was rushed into resigning from the cabinet over the passport affair. Writing in the Sunday Times, he insists there had been a mistake and that his office had dealt with the controversial passport inquiry to the Home Office after all.

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Mandelson resigns following passport row

Peter Mandelson outside 10 Downing Street
Peter Mandelson outside 10 Downing Street

Peter Mandelson explains why he is quitting the cabinet after a row over his intervention in the passport application of Indian tycoon Srichand Hinduja.

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Tony Blair and William Hague clash in the Commons over resignation

Tony Blair MP
Tony Blair defends his friend's decision

The Conservative leader William Hague accuses the Prime Minister of a "monumental error of judgement".

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The view from Hartlepool

Peter Mandelson opens a new cinema in Hartlepool
Mandelson greets the public in his Hartlepool constituency

The local Labour party in Hartlepool says it will support Mr Mandelson, but few of his constituents have any sympathy for their Member of Parliament.

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Mandelson returns as Northern Ireland Secretary

Peter Mandelson and his predecessor as Northern Ireland Secretary, Mo Mowlam.
Peter Mandelson and his predecessor as Northern Ireland Secretary, Mo Mowlam.
Mr Mandelson's exile from government ends when he returns to the cabinet as Northern Ireland Secretary.

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Where did it all go wrong?

Peter Mandelson had been one of the government's most sucessful MPs
Peter Mandelson had been one of the government's most successful MPs

1998 - the BBC's former political editor Robin Oakley examines why Peter Mandelson fell from grace.

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Tories call for further investigation into Mandelson

Peter Mandelson faces fresh questions over his conduct
Peter Mandelson faces fresh questions over his conduct
After his resignation over the 'home loan' affair, a string of fresh allegations leads the Tories to call for further investigations into Peter Mandelson's conduct.

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Home loan row leads to resignation

Notting Hill, Lonodn
The fashionable house which cost Mr Mandelson his job
Known to some as the "Prince of Darkness", Mr Mandelson resigns as Trade and Industry Secretary after a row over a home loan. "I should not, with all candour, have entered into the arrangement," he says.

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Peter Mandelson is at the centre of a row over passport applications

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