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Thursday, 22 November, 2001, 17:26 GMT
McConnell takes over in Scotland
Jack McConnell with the Scottish Parliament in the background
BBC News Online examines Jack McConnell's election as Scotland's first minister and the events leading up to his appointment.

Thursday 22 November

Addressing members of the Scottish parliament
Mr McConnell speaks shortly before being voted in as first minister

Labour's Jack McConnell is elected first minister of the Scottish Parliament. He won with the support of his Labour colleagues and their Liberal Democrat coalition partners. He is Scotland's third first minister since devolution, taking office two weeks after the resignation of his predecessor.

 The BBC's Andrew Cassell reports
 Mr McConnell's acceptance speech

Monday 19 November

Dennis Canavan
It will be Dennis Canavan's second attempt to become first minister

Scottish National Party leader John Swinney, independent MSP Dennis Canavan and Tory leader David McLetchie contest the post of first minister with the new Scottish Labour leader.

 BBC Scotland's political editor, Brian Taylor

13 November

Jack McConnell and his wife Bridget
Mr McConnell and his wife pose for the media after revelations of his affair

Scottish Labour leader-elect Jack McConnell admits he had an extra-marital affair seven years ago. The education minister confirms the reports during a media conference in Edinburgh designed to clear the air over allegations concerning his private life.

 The BBC's Andrew Cassell

9 November

Jack McConnell
Mr McConnell emerges as a front runner

Preparations begin to find a successor to Henry McLeish, following his shock resignation as Scotland's first minister.

 Scottish political correspondent Kirsten Campbell

8 November

Former First Minister Henry McLeish
Henry McLeish, who resigned after trying to ride out a scandal

Henry McLeish confirms his decision to resign as Scotland's first minister in a statement to members of the Scottish Parliament.

 The BBC's Andrew Marr

See also:

22 Nov 01 | McLeish resignation
McConnell elected first minister
21 Nov 01 | McLeish resignation
Wallace predicts electoral reform
20 Nov 01 | McLeish resignation
McConnell gains Lib Dem support
18 Nov 01 | McLeish resignation
Labour urged to back new Scots leader
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