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1997: Blair victory
Tony Blair enters Downing Street

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BBC Radio examines the results
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John Major ends the “phoney war”
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Neil Hamilton and Martin Bell lock horns in Tatton
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The Lib Dems stage a Punch and Judy show
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The best of election night coverage
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Tony Blair: "We will govern as New Labour"
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In 1997 Labour ended 18 years in the political wilderness in spectacular style.

The party returned to power with a parliamentary landslide, winning the biggest majority held by any government since 1935.

Tony Blair's New Labour had gained a staggering 179-seat overall majority in the Commons as the Conservatives were tossed aside by the voters.

The election also saw the Liberal Democrats put in a remarkable performance, more than doubling their number of MPs despite taking a reduced share of the vote compared with 1992.

In the election's aftermath, commentators speculated whether it was at all possible for the Conservatives to overturn such a huge majority in a single election.