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Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Picture gallery: Dewar in power

Donald Dewar goes down in history as the first leader of the new Scottish Parliament.

His enthusiasm for devolution north of the border was evident from the moment Labour won power in May 1997.

BBC News Online tells the story of Mr Dewar's role in the historic first term of the Edinburgh government.


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The parliament's opening was a proud moment for Mr Dewar

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Donald Dewar in discussions with cabinet member Wendy Alexander

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Mr Dewar has had to answer some awkward questions

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Mr Dewar leaving hospital after tests

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Donald Dewar the speech maker

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The serious politician shares a joke at the STUC conference

Tony Blair and Donald Dewar
Mr Dewar was Tony Blair's trusted ally in Scotland

Winning Glasgow Garscadden in 1978
Winning Glasgow Garscadden in 1978

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