BBC NEWS VOTE 2001      > High graphics
VOTE2001 | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales |

High graphics only: Main Issues | Features | Crucial Seats | Key People | Parties | Results & Constituencies | Candidates | Opinion Polls | Online 1000 | Virtual Vote | Talking Point | Forum | AudioVideo | Programmes | Voting System | Local Elections |

Friday, 8 June, 2001, 15:14 GMT 16:14 UK

Hague: tributes and criticism

Tory veterans give their views on William Hague's resignation, and express their hopes for the future, as speculation mounts over who will replace him as party leader.


Young politician

Back in 1977, William Hague seemed destined for high office since he made a precocious speech to the Tory party conference at the tender age of 16. The BBC's political correspondent Shaun Ley looks at his career.

 Click here to watch


'No man is indispensable'

On June 8 2001, in a dramatic statement outside Conservative Central Office, Mr Hague said he would stand down after four years at the helm as soon as a successor was chosen. "No man is indispensable. No man is more important than the party," he said.

 Click here to watch

 Click here to watch a report of the day's events by the BBC's Laura Trevelyan


'He got the issues wrong'

Former Deputy PM Michael Heseltine criticised Mr Hague for fighting on the wrong issues and failing to take account of social changes such as the rise of multi-culturalism. He said the party had presented an image of "a right-wing xenophobic party talking to itself in a very introspective way."

 Click here to watch


'The party of Europe'

Former Tory Home Secretary Lord Brittan said "the Eurosceptic card was played for all it was worth and it was very easily trumped." In his view, the Tories used to be the party of Europe and could be again.

 Click here to watch


Portillo for leader?

While not naming names himself, Tory vice-chairman Steven Norris said most members were likely to support Michael Portillo. The task now, he added, was to create a party people felt comfortable with.

 Click here to watch


'Sad defeat'

Former Tory minister Ken Clarke is being mooted as another leadership contender. But he said he needed a period of reflection first, speaking only of the 'sad defeat', and passing on his best wishes to the vanquished.

 Click here to watch


'We will be back'

Speaking briefly in the aftermath of William Hague's resignation, Baroness Thatcher said it was a disappointing result for him and his supporters after their 'tireless' work. She added: "The Conservative Party will be back."

 Click here to watch




^ Back to top©BBC