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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
The story of the night

The resignation of the Conservative leader, William Hague, caps a miserable night for the Tories. But for Labour and the Liberal Democrats, there was much to celebrate.

Watch the key events below.


0730 BST

William Hague makes his resignation speech
William Hague makes his resignation speech

A night of triumph for Labour sees a crushing defeat for the Tories. William Hague steps down as party leader following the result. "No man is indispensable. No man is more important than the party," he says.

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Tony and Cherie Blair celebrate with Labour staff
Tony and Cherie Blair celebrate with Labour staff

0545 BST

Tony Blair thanks party workers and staff in London, saying, "We have to remember...that now is the time that the people of our country want us to serve them (and) do the things we promised we would do."

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Conservative leader William Hague after holding his seat in Richmond
Conservative leader William Hague after holding his seat in Richmond

0425 BST

Tory leader William Hague increases his majority in his Richmond seat - a rare moment of good news for the Tories. He says there is much to reflect upon and describes his party's election defeat as "deeply disappointing".

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Scottish Conservative party president Malcolm Rifkind
Scottish Conservative party president Malcolm Rifkind

0310 BST

Labour contemplates a general election triumph in Scotland as the Tories show only one gain.

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Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie
Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie

0230 BST

Labour romp to a second term. Tony Blair describes his party's victory as "historic" after William Hague phones him to concede defeat at 0317 BST. The Liberal Democrats say it was their best ever night at the polls.

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Independent candidate Richard Taylor after his victory in Wyre Forest
Independent candidate Richard Taylor after his victory in Wyre Forest

0230 BST

An Independent candidate, retired doctor Richard Taylor, wins a huge majority after campaigning on the single issue of trying to save Kidderminster hospital from closure.

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Michael Portillo, who held his seat in Kensington and Chelsea
Michael Portillo, who held his seat in Kensington and Chelsea

0230 BST

Shadow Chancellor Michael Portillo wins a comfortable victory in Kensington and Chelsea. He says he wants William Hague to continue as leader, but that the Conservative party would have to "reflect" if they suffered a major defeat.

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Charles Kennedy speaks at the count at Dingwall
Charles Kennedy speaks at the count at Dingwall

0210 BST

Charles Kennedy hails an "historic" night for the Lib Dems as he is re-elected for Ross, Sky and Inverness West, saying that it is a verdict not just on the government but on the opposition.

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Peter Mandelson makes his victory speech
Peter Mandelson makes his victory speech

0145 BST

Peter Mandelson holds Hartlepool, declaring "I am a fighter not a quitter". In his victory speech, the former Labour cabinet minister says his political adversaries underestimated him when they claimed his career was in tatters.

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Alistair Campbell
Alistair Campbell

0130 BST

Tony Blair's press secretary, Alastair Campbell, says the party will focus more on strategy in a second term because they have "won the arguments" on policy.

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Tony Blair makes his victory speech
Tony Blair makes his victory speech

0130 BST

Speaking after re-election in Sedgefield, Tony Blair says the Labour Party stands on the verge of an historic second successive full term of office. He tells supporters that he accepts the mandate from the country with "humility and pride".

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Labour candidate Shaun Woodward addresses his constituency
Labour candidate Shaun Woodward addresses his constituency

0115 BST

Tory defector Shaun Woodward is elected Labour MP for St Helens South, despite local activists' anger that he was selected at the last minute after sitting MP Gerry Birmingham quit.

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Nick Griffin, the BNP's candidate in Oldham West
Nick Griffin, the BNP's candidate in Oldham West

0115 BST

The far-right British National Party records its best-ever general election result in Oldham West, a constituency that has recently suffered racial unrest.

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Adrian Sanders
Adrian Sanders

0020 BST

Lib Dem candidate Adrian Sanders holds onto his party's most marginal seat, Torbay, with a majority of more than 6,000 over the Tories - a sign of what was to come later in the evening.

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Gordon Brown addresses the count in Dunfermline East
Gordon Brown addresses the count in Dunfermline East

2300 BST

In his victory speech, Chancellor Gordon Brown says Labour will build on the foundations of economic stability.

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Chris Mullin becomes the first new MP of the 2001 election
Chris Mullin becomes the first new MP of the 2001 election
2245 BST

The first candidate to be returned from the 2001 election campaign is Labour's Chris Mullin, who holds Sunderland South. Voter turnout was 10% lower than in 1997 - and turnout was to become one of the most important issues of the night.

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Tony Blair with two of his sons at his local polling station
Tony Blair with two of his sons at his local polling station

2200 BST

Labour was heading for a second landslide, according to the BBC's exit poll. Published when voting ended at 2200 BST, it suggested that Labour had taken 44% of the vote, the Conservatives 32%, the Liberal Democrats 17% and others 7%.

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