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Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 21:08 GMT
McLeish resigns
Henry McLeish and the Scottish Parliament
As Scotland's First Minister Henry McLeish quits over an office expenses row, the BBC traces his appointment and eventual resignation in audio and video.


Thursday 8 November


Bowing out

Henry McLeish waves to the media as he arrives to make his resignation statement at the Scottish Parliament
Ready to go - Mr McLeish shortly before resigning

Henry McLeish resigns just minutes before the Scottish Parliament is due to debate a vote of no confidence. The move is a surprise for the parliament - earlier in the week Mr McLeish showed no signs of stepping down.

  The BBC's Andrew Cassell reports


Wednesday 7 November


McLeish pressured to resign

SNP leader John Swinney
John Swinney: Resignation call

First Minister Henry McLeish cancels all his official engagements to work on a speech to save his political career. He faces a full parliamentary debate on Thursday about his office allowances - with both opposition parties calling for him to quit.

  The BBC's Brian Taylor reports


Tuesday 6 November


Preparing to pay cash back

Mr McLeish's office
The row centred around Mr McLeish's Fife office

The first minister defends himself over the Officegate row and says he is prepared to pay back 36,000 from his own pocket. Mr McLeish attempts to play down the controversy over his office expenses, calling the affair "a muddle not a fiddle".

  The BBC's Andrew Cassell reports


Monday 5 November


Backbench support crucial

Henry McLeish takes his seat in the Scottish Parliament
Mr McLeish under pressure in the chamber

Mr McLeish is told backbench support will be crucial to his ability to weather the current political storm of Officegate. Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland, Strathclyde University's political analyst Malcolm Dickson says the first minister must get to grips with his present predicament.

 Strathclyde University's Malcolm Dickson


26 October 2000


Leadership win for McLeish

Henry McLeish
Henry McLeish is Scotland's new first minister

Henry McLeish is elected as the new first minister of Scotland. Members of the Scottish Parliament vote him into the post with a comfortable majority. It follows the death of Scottish First Minister Donald Dewar earlier in the month.

 The BBC's Brian Taylor reports

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