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Thursday, 31 May, 2001, 23:13 GMT 00:13 UK
Newsnight

This page will be updated with election results and analysis after 2315BST on Monday, June 11.

Newsnight is BBC Two's flagship current affairs programme.

Friday, 8 June 2001

Robin Cook leaves his job as Foreign Secretary to become Leader of the Commons
Robin Cook goes

History will record last night's Labour victory as a watershed in British politics - a second term majority of 167 - just twelve fewer MPs than last time.

When Tony Blair spoke outside Downing Street today he was measured, humble even. But he had a big surprise up his jumper - as Michael Crick reports - it was a reshuffle leaked long in advance which claimed the unexpected scalp of Robin Cook, the Foreign Secretary.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2001


It's the end of the campaign and we'll be bringing you the last reports and polls from the campaign trail. Jeremy Vine has reached the end of his journey in the Newsnight camper van. Check out what he's up to at Land's End.

And Mark Lawson has been investigating why politicians seem to have failed to communicate with ordinary voters - is it the fault of the media?

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Tuesday, 5 June 2001


Under a decade ago, Tony Blair became the first Labour leader to admit that Margaret Thatcher got some things right. As the 2001 election draws to a close, he said it was time to put Thatcherism behind us. Labour may be trying to frighten voters with images of William Hague wearing the Iron Lady's hairstyle. But when she went out campaigning today, the crowds adored her. Martha Kearney reports on why the former leader is once again centre stage.

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Monday, 4 June 2001

Prime Minister Tony Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair was quizzed by Jeremy Paxman on the big issues of the election. The Labour leader moved to reassure higher rate tax payers by saying they will not be "clobbered" by a re-elected Labour government. As he insisted he had no ambition to remove incentives from top earners he used soccer star David Beckham as an example.

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Friday, 1 June 2001

Prime Minister Tony Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Baroness Thatcher joined William Hague's campaign against a Labour landslide today. The Party seems to be breaking an election taboo - if you are behind in the polls, never admit the possibility of defeat. Matthew Taylor of the Institute for Public Policy Research, former Tory MP Phillip Oppenheim and the Liberal Democrat Peer, Shirley Williams, came into the Newsnight studio to discuss the latest Conservative campaign tactics.

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Thursday, 31 May 2001


The Education Secretary David Blunkett acknowledges there is a shortage of teachers, but says referring to a 'crisis' in schools discourages people from entering the profession.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2001


The Scottish Nationalist's leader reacted to William Hague's presence in Scotland today by saying the Tories were anti-Scottish, extreme and unelectable. In contrast, he claims, the SNP are pro-Scottish, moderate and poised for power. Except, of course, that this is an election for the British parliament, and the SNP is not even putting up candidates in nearly 600 of the seats at Westminster. Liz Mackean reports on what they are up to.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2001

Jeremy Paxman and William Hague
On today's programme, the Conservative leader William Hague is interviewed about his policies and leadership tactics by Jeremy Paxman.

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Monday, 28 May 2001

French PM Lionel Jospin has set out his vision for Europe's future - but where does Britain fit in?
French PM Lionel Jospin has set out his vision for Europe's future - but where does Britain fit in?
Following the new vision for the EU delivered by French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, Britain's role in Europe continues to divide the three main parties. Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Menzies Campbell, the shadow Foreign Secretary, Francis Maude and the Foreign Office Minister, Brian Wilson, debate one of the most persistent issues on the political agenda.

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Friday, 25 May 2001

Are The Houses of Parliament women friendly?
Are The Houses of Parliament women friendly?
Does the sudden re-appearance of many women politicians at all the political party's press conferences in the last few days simply prove that Westminster remains an unreconstructed gentlemen's club? American author Naomi Wolf examines the evidence

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24 May 2001

Will either Brown or Portillo ever make it to number ten?
Will either Brown or Portillo ever make it to number ten?
We are halfway through the election, although to some of you it may feel like longer. Kirsty Wark talks to the men who would be chancellor: Gordon Brown and Michael Portillo. They tell us their thoughts on tax, spend and the desire to be Prime Minister.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2001

Labour and the Conservatives have contrasting policies on Europe
Europe has proved a controversial political issue
Two entirely contradictory ideas of Europe were laid out today.
The Chancellor tonight was talking about it as vital to our national prosperity. The Tories were presenting it as likely to take away our right even to tax ourselves.

Martha Kearney reports on the conundrum and Jeremy Paxman interviews Robin Cook.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2001

A traffic jam on a busy UK motorway
A traffic jam on a busy UK motorway

As new polling shows the Conservative Party failing to make any headway against New Labour's dizzying lead, our political editor Martha Kearney asks what cards, if any, William Hague has left to play.

The Newsnight focus group tells Gordon Brewer that despite being bombarded with election coverage, they aren't getting 'The Message'.

And from Birmingham, Jeremy Vine parks up the camper van for the night for a special debate on transport.

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Monday, 21 May 2001

Hospital ward
Hospital ward
Prime Minister Tony Blair outlined his vision for the future of public services under Labour's "mission for the second term". Newsnight brought together Health Secretary Alan Milburn and Shadow Health Secretary Dr Liam Fox to discuss the issues.

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The grey voters
The grey voters

19 May 2001

Is Britain becoming a meritocracy? Equality of opportunity has to be a good thing but is that what's being created?
Cronyism, tuition fees, and more selection at school could arguably favour a middle-class elite, widening, not narrowing the divide between the social classes.
Jeremy Paxman is joined by Mark Thomas; the celebrity hairdresser and millionaire, Nicky Clarke; the Labour minister, Patricia Hewitt; and columnist, Melanie Phillips.

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Luvvies Labour's lost
Luvvies Labour's lost
Friday, 18 May 2001

When New Labour came to power one of the constituencies it thought it could rely on for support was the arts community - Labour's luvvies. But although there has been more money lavished on the arts and numerous drinks parties in Downing Street .. the luvvies are falling out of love with Labour.

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Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott punching a member of the public
Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott punching a member of the public
17 May 2001

Jeremy Vine drives the Newsnight battle bus to Hull, to find out whether John Prescott's constituents are supporting him.

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Social Security Secretary, Alistair Darling
Social Security Secretary, Alistair Darling
Wednesday, 16 May 2001

Labour has launched its manifesto promising a fundamental reform of the public sector, including the extension of the use of private facilities in the health service. Social Security Secretary, Alistair Darling, came in to the studio to discuss Labour's plans with Jeremy Paxman.

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Kennedy
15 May 2001

The Liberal Democrat manifesto: promises of more tax for better public services, page after page of costings, but if, as they suggest, the party won't be forming the next Government, what's the point of it all?

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Jack Straw and Ann Widdecombe
Jack Straw and Ann Widdecombe
Monday, 14 May 2001

Tonight Newsnight turns the spotlight on Asylum.
One of the big issues in this election campaign, Jack Straw, Ann Widdecombe and Lord McNally voice their parties views on this contentious issue.

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Friday, 11 May 2001

Today the big election story is tax.
Labour is promising no increase in income tax rates - the Tories are demanding no tax increases at all - so who's telling the truth about the tax we'll pay?
And some new findings on why so many young people will not be turning out to vote.

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Hague looks proudly at his new manifesto
Hague looks proudly at his new manifesto
Thursday, 10 May 2001

Tax cuts for motorists, tax cuts for pensioners, tax cuts for parents, for businesses and for savers. No tax cuts for budgerigar owners, though. Their manifesto allied tax cut promises to hard-line messages on issues like immigration and crime. Newsnight's political editor Martha Kearney reports.

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Blair announced the election at a school
Wednesday, 9 May 2001

The last face-to-face argument between Tony Blair and William Hague, saw an encounter most watchers seem to think Hague won. Charles Kennedy appeared to commit an astonishing act of honesty by saying his party would target about 200 seats they believed they could win - but therefore making it impossible for the party to form a government. Newsnight's political editor Martha Kearney reports.

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Kennedy
Tuesday, 8 May 2001

The orchestration of Tuesday's announcement was the usual Labour confection of children, hymns, toothy smiles, and earnestness. The Tories and the Liberal Democrats were left gathering whatever school children and photo-opportunities they could. Our Political Editor, Martha Kearney reports.

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