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Crucial Seats

The seats below were the Tories' top 165 targets - the ones it needed to take in order to win a House of Commons majority.

As the table shows, the party failed dramatically, taking only eight of the 165.

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Ranked in order of vulnerability
 Colour Key:
 1997 seats held  2001 results
 Lab  SNP  Lab  SNP
 Con  PC  Con  PC
 Lib Dem  Other  Lib Dem  Other
1 Winchester 43 Eastwood 85 Edinburgh Pent 127 Edinburgh West
2 Torbay 44 Reading West 86 Gravesham 128 Leeds NE
3 Kingston 45 Finchley 87 Loughborough 129 High Peak
4 Somerton & Fr 46 Thanet South 88 Swindon South 130 Swindon North
5 Kettering 47 Ilford North 89 Calder Valley 131 Elmet
6 Wellingborough 48 Hemel Hemp 90 Devon North 132 Crosby
7 Milton Keynes N 49 The Wrekin 91 Cornwall SE 133 Ealing North
8 Rugby 50 Upminster 92 Battersea 134 Gordon
9 Northampton S 51 Putney 93 Stourbridge 135 Blackpool North
10 Eastleigh 52 Selby 94 Burton 136 Cardiff North
11 Romford 53 Croydon Cen 95 Pudsey 137 Bedford
12 Lancaster 54 Perth 96 Brecon Rad 138 Harrow East
13 Harwich 55 Bexleyheath 97 Medway 139 Chorley
14 Norfolk NW 56 Hammersmith 98 Morecambe 140 Norwich North
15 Castle Point 57 Gedling 99 Southport 141 Bath
16 Harrow West 58 Twickenham 100 Hendon 142 Great Yarmouth
17 Bristol West 59 Reading East 101 Wyre Forest 143 Cleethorpes
18 Weston-s-Mare 60 Brighton Kemp 102 Forest of Dean 144 Sheffield Hallam
19 Braintree 61 Leeds NW 103 Hereford 145 City of Chester
20 Lewes 62 Hove 104 Hornchurch 146 Derby North
21 Shrewsbury 63 Dartford 105 Batley & Spen 147 Exeter
22 Colchester 64 Stafford 106 Harrogate 148 Dewsbury
23 Enfield S'Gate 65 Portsmouth S 107 Cheltenham 149 Northampton N
24 Devon West 66 Bradford West 108 St Ives 150 Dumfries
25 Northavon 67 Monmouth 109 Galloway 151 Vale of Glam
26 Gillingham 68 Colne Valley 110 Brigg & Goole 152 Warrington S
27 Taunton 69 Isle of Wight 111 Redditch 153 Staffs Moor
28 Sittingbourne 70 Wansdyke 112 Keighley 154 Montgomery
29 Sutton & Cheam 71 St Albans 113 Clydebank 155 Dudley North
30 Clwyd West 72 Aberdeen S 114 Moray 156 Middlesboro S
31 Carshalton 73 Tayside North 115 Gloucester 157 P'mouth Sutton
32 Stroud 74 Ribble South 116 Bury North 158 B'ham Hall Gr
33 Falmouth 75 Scarborough 117 Enfield North 159 Milton Keynes S
34 Richmond Park 76 Portsmouth N 118 Worcester 160 Luton North
35 Hastings & Rye 77 Broxtowe 119 Bolton West 161 Preseli
36 Warwick 78 B'ham Edgb 120 Wirral South 162 Bristol NW
37 Shipley 79 Oxford West 121 Ayr 163 Yeovil
38 Chatham 80 W'hampton SW 122 Stirling 164 Halesowen
39 Newark 81 Watford 123 Tamworth 165 Amber Valley
40 Wirral West 82 Brent North 124 Newbury - -
41 Aberdeen W 83 Welwyn Hatfield 125 Peterborough - -
42 Wimbledon 84 Tweeddale 126 Erewash - -