BBC News Online rounds up the most memorable soundbites as Labour repeats its 1997 landslide at the 2001 general election.
As foreign secretary, I have spent little time in the House. I am glad I will be back at the centre of Commons debate
Robin Cook on his new job as leader of the House
Today looks like the nail in the coffin for the Good Friday Agreement
Democratic Unionist Ian Paisley Junior at the North Antrim count
Typical of the honesty, integrity, determination and courage that he has shown throughout this campaign
Tory chairman Michael Ancram on William Hague's resignation statement
William Hague worked
tirelessly from start to finish and so it's a particularly sad moment for him, and also for Ffion and for the rest of us. But, my friends, make no mistake. The Conservative Party will be back
It has been a remarkable and historic victory. But I am in no doubt
as to what it means. It is a mandate for reform and investment in the future and it
is also an instruction to deliver.
Tony Blair, Prime Minister
No man or woman is indispensable. No individual is more important than the party.
William Hague, Leader of the Opposition
Having fought a campaign in terms of honesty and being straightforward and
putting quality and fairly-funded public services at the centre of our appeal we
must make sure that that message is taken to the floor of the House of Commons.
Charles Kennedy, Lib Dem leader
The Tory party is about to tear itself apart in a battle over its soul.
Lord Ashdown, former Lib Dem leader
I believe that the scale of our victory and
the wide margin between ourselves and our opponents reflects not just that we
have won the battle of votes but the battle of ideas.
Gordon Brown, Chancellor
It is the most enormous triumph for Tony Blair and for this Labour
government to have got the landslide victory that we have, to have got the
renewal of the mandate to continue the policies and to reject what William Hague
had on offer.
David Blunkett, Education Secretary
We have got a government
in power where nearly half the population have chosen not to vote. They are not representative of the British people.
David Handley, Farmers for Action chairman and former Peoples' Fuel Lobby leader
I feel that Labour has such a stranglehold on the country that it now
has carte blanche to do what it likes. That is a real disappointment.
Garry Russell, Dump the Pump campaign organiser
William has had to endure a degree of
personal vilification that a lesser man would have been unable to endure. He has
borne it with humanity, dignity and good humour.
Francis Maude, Shadow Foreign Secretary, on William Hague's resignation as leader
He has suffered a
tremendous defeat and he has made that decision... His party must
now decide how they deal with the election of a new leader. We delivered and that's why we got the vote. It's quite an
John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, on William Hague's resignation as leader
He is a young, fit man of obvious ability and I'm amazed that he didn't have
the resolution, the fortitude - not the selfishness - to say, 'I'm going to put everything I've
got into it. If I have to go down fighting, I'll go down fighting, I'd rather do
that, I'd rather die in the line of duty than take any other option.'
Neil Kinnock, former Labour leader, on William Hague's resignation as leader
In making it clear that he is resigning and therefore is not a
candidate, he has removed any sense of disloyalty which might have attached to
challenges from his former colleagues.
Steve Norris, Tory vice-chairman, on William Hague's resignation as leader
I do not think that this is the time to be
speculating on the succession, that will come in due course.
Ann Widdecombe, Shadow Home Secretary, on whether she would be
running for the leadership
If you ask the basic question who is the most popular Conservative in the
country, Ken Clarke is the answer to that. If you ask who is the most popular
among Conservative activists, he is not.
Michael Heseltine, former Tory Deputy Prime Minister
We have got to do a lot of thinking and I hope to play my part in that and
it is the thinking that matters more than the people.
Alan Duncan, Tory trade and industry spokesman, on William Hague's resignation as leader
I know he is a man of strong personal judgment and determination and he makes up his mind and he does what he thinks is right and he does it quickly.
Lord Brittan, former Tory minister, on William Hague's resignation as leader
I think it would not have been possible for him to have been a kind of caretaker leader,
the fight would have been for who was going to succeed him.
John Maples, former Tory minister and victor in Stratford-on-Avon, on William Hague's resignation as leader
If we don't get this rethink of strategy right then it's possible that we'll
drift further away from the mainstream of British politics and the Liberal
Democrats would love to take our place.
Ian Taylor, Conservative victor in Esher and Walton
They underestimated Hartlepool and they underestimated me because I am a fighter not a quitter.
Peter Mandelson, former Labour cabinet minister, on being re-elected