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Monday, 11 June, 2001, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
The World at One
Welcome to the World at One's special election section. This page will be updated with election results and analysis after 1300BST on Friday, June 8.
Friday, 8 June 2001 - Election Result
For Tony Blair, this election has been - in his words - "a mandate and instruction to deliver on promised reforms". When he returned to Downing Street from the Palace, he spoke of the enormous privilege and honour of being trusted with the Government of the country again.
But it's the Liberal Democrats who've laid claim to the title of "effective opposition" in the next term: and though Charles Kennedy would never be drawn on it during the campaign, it's clear that for the most part they will oppose from the left.
Thursday, 7 June 2001 - Day Zero
The nation goes to the polls - the World at One has an election free programme.
Wednesday, 6 June 2001 - 1 DAY TO GO
Are you well enough informed to cast your vote? For the past four weeks you've been bombarded with facts and figures, bathed in warm words, and sometimes bamboozled with claim and counter-claim.
One of the very curious things about this campaign is the number of questions that haven't been answered - from the environment to transport, to those familiar issues like the euro, and taxation.
Can anyone be clear about what the next four to five years will bring? In this programme we try to find out.
Tuesday, 5 June 2001 - 2 DAYS TO GO
One unexpected feature of this election campaign has been the prominence of Margaret Thatcher, both her physical presence and her political ideas.
Tony Blair and Charles Kennedy have both expressed their willingness to accept some of her ideology.
Where does this leave the Conservatives? How can they define themselves if the Left accepts their heroine's beliefs?
Monday, 4 June 2001 - 3 DAYS TO GO
And Labour has dismissed the latest Tory poster campaign urging voters to "burst Blair's bubble", suggesting the Tories favour a low turnout.
Is a landslide inevitable? What will this mean for democracy?
Friday, 1 June 2001
Each Friday during the election campaign we hosted a special online discussion with our panel of commentators on the week's key events.
Today's discussion - chaired by Nick Clarke - included: Sean O'Grady, leader writer on the Independent, Janet Daley, columnist at the Daily Telegraph, and Evening Standard political correspondent Patrick Hennessy.
Also, why are Lady Thatcher and Tory leader William Hague now warning of a Labour landslide? Have the Tories conceded defeat?
Thursday 31 May 2001
The World at One travelled to Belfast for a view of the election campaign in Northern Ireland - where the issue of IRA weapons has come to the fore again.
The IRA made their own contribution to the election campaign with a message saying that it had honoured agreements and held four meetings with the decommissioning group led by General de Chastelain.
Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble said he saw no substance in the IRA's statement.
Wednesday 30th May 2001
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to introduce state payment for all personal and nursing care, in line with the recommendations of the Sutherland report and with their ambitions in Scotland.
Labour and the Tories say richer pensioners should pay for non-medical care if they have the means.
Lib Dem Pensions spokesman Paul Burstow told the World at One the system at the moment is unfair.
Tuesday 29th May 2001
Tony Blair launched Labour's business manifesto in the city today, promising economic stability and a partnership between government and the commercial world.
But whatever happened to Labour's traditional core constituency, 'the workers'?
We speak to critics on the left, trade unionists and Labour's Trade and Industry spokesman Stephen Byers.
Monday 28th May 2001
The Tories today called for clarity on a future referendum on the euro and claimed the implementation of the single currency would cost £36 billion.
The claims came as a group of businessmen backed the single currency and the founder of the UKIP proclaimed he would back the Tories.
The World at One spoke to Conservative Foreign Affairs spokesman Francis Maude.
Friday 25th May 2001
But was the Conservative election broadcast justified? We ask Tory education spokeswoman Theresa May.
And the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have criticised negative campaigning. We ask the Bishop of Hereford which party Christians should be voting for.
Thursday 24th May 2001
In Scotland the type of issues facing voters in a General Election are significantly different to those in England or even Wales.
The extent of devolution in Scotland means the Westminster Parliament has a limited effect on the lives of Scots.
The World at One spoke to Labour's Brian Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham of the SNP, Conservative Annabel Goldie, and Malcolm Bruce for the Liberal Democrats.
Wednesday 23rd May 2001
The issue of 'Europe' finally entered the campaign fray for real today, after Lady Thatcher - still referred to in 'Mrs' terms - weighed in with her 'Never' to the single currency-speech last night.
But it was not only William Hague who was trying to hold a coherent line on matters European. Labour too were boxing off what they called "smears" in the form of a leaked EU document showing, apparently, plans to harmonise taxation.
This came on top of more unwelcome news showing the level of the euro falling against the Pound yet more. Given, that exchange rate levels do not constituting one of Gordon Brown's Five Key Tests, the World at One asked Alastair Darling whether the Government would take into account the sustainability of exchange rates when deciding whether to recommend entry.
Tuesday 22nd May 2001
Meanwhile as foot-and-mouth disease resurfaces - this time in North Yorkshire - farmers accuse the authorities of failing to remain vigilant.
We ask whether the government has been too keen to restore a sense of normality ahead of the election.
Monday 21st May 2001
The Conservatives today published their business manifesto as 144 business people wrote to the Telegraph expressing support for the Tories.
Labour hit back, saying the Tory spending and tax plans will not provide a stable economy for business. Its own supporters had written to the press last week.
The World at One spoke to a businessman from each side: Labour Sir Christopher Evans, chairman of Merlyn Scientific and Conservative Lord Bell, chairman of Bell Pottinger Public Relations.
Friday 18th May
The Liberal Democrats call the proposals "inhumane" and Labour claim they are tackling the problem.
We scrutinise the Conservative plans - and speak to shadow spokeswoman Ann Widdecombe.
Thursday 17th May
Heckling, throwing eggs, accosting politicians - is direct action better than voting at getting the public's voice to politicians?
The World at One discussed apathy and antipathy with Lib Dem Lord Razzall, Conservative Tim Collins and Labour's Margaret Beckett.
Wednesday 16th May
Tony Blair launches the Labour party manifesto - it promises to maintain economic stability, and to carry out radical improvements in public services.
We ask the Labour Social Security spokesman, Alistair Darling, what happens after three years of the next Parliament, when the budget surplus runs out.
Tuesday 15th May
Baroness Williams tells us that it is true radicalism, given a context dominated by tax rows, to believe the electorate would pay more for better public services.
Monday 14th May
Nick Clarke spoke to Tim Collins, senior vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, in an effort to clarify their position.
Friday 11th May
The Conservatives brush off claims that their spending plans are in disarray while claiming that Labour will have to raise taxes to implement theirs.
Thursday 10th May
Wednesday 9th May
Tuesday 8th May
As the election is called for 7th June, The World at One hosts the election's first debate between the three main political parties on the issues of the coming election and their party agendas.
Radio 4's lunchtime news round-up is presented by Nick Clarke. It goes out every weekday at 1300 GMT.
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