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Last Updated: Friday May 06 2005 08:49 GMT

Election movers and shakers speak out

George Galloway
Labour have been re-elected for an historic third term in government, following previous victories in 1997 and 2001.

This time, they've got fewer seats, meaning the Tories and Lib Dems can present more of a challenge.

As in every election, there were a few surprises.

Here's what the movers and shakers had to say...

"We can be very proud of what we have achieved and very determined and committed about what we can achieve now."
Labour party leader Tony Blair after being re-elected for a third term

"For the Conservative Party, it marks a real advance towards our recovery. The task which faces us in the next Parliament is to complete that recovery."
Tory leader Michael Howard, on his party's performance

"I think that the era of three party politics right across the United Kingdom is now with us."
Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy, on the progress of his party

Election snippets
Jo Swinson
Stanley and Boris Johnson's bid to create a father and son Tory double-act in the House of Commons failed when Stanley was beaten in Teignbridge
Adam Afriyie became the first black Conservative MP after winning Windsor
Lib Dem Jo Swinson, 25, becomes the youngest MP after gaining East Dunbartonshire from Labour
The Sunderland South result was the first to be declared, where counters failed to beat their record of 43 minutes by just 45 seconds

"All the people you killed, all the lies you told, have come back to haunt you."
George Galloway of Anti-Iraq war party Respect, addressing Tony Blair after winning Bethnal Green and Bow from Labour. He was expelled from Labour for attacking Mr Blair over the war

"Now I can go to my son's grave with my head held high and say, 'At least I tried.'"
Independent Reg Keys, whose son Tom died in Iraq, after standing against Tony Blair in Sedgefield and polling 4,252 votes

"This is a genuine shock. These things happen in politics. I look forward to spending more time with my family."
Conservative education spokesman Tim Collins after losing his Westmorland & Lonsdale seat to the Lib Dems.



Election 2005

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