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The 2001 Election - Labour won the 2001 election for a second consecutive time with 42% of the vote. It was Labour's second consecutive win.

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The 2001 Election Labour won the 2001 election for a second consecutive time with 42% of the vote. It was Labour's second consecutive win. Background: Much history was made at the 1997 election. Labour won their first election since 1980 and had a 179 seat overall majority and the Conservatives were tossed aside while the Liberal Democrats managed to double their number of MP's in the house of commons. Under Tony Blair, New Labour portrays itself as more moderate than its former self, more committed to free enterprise and less committed to unions. Much controversy hit the Conservative party around this time with 12 resignations from office taking place over allegations of personal impropriety, among the most famous Jonathan Aitken and Neil Hamilton. 1997 manifestoes: Labour: * Cut class sizes for five and six year olds * Fast track punishment for young offenders * Cut waiting lists by 100,000 * 250,000 people off benefits and into work * No income tax increase. Conservative: * No to Federal Europe Aspiration of 20p income tax rate * Privatise London Underground * Pension reform * Higher married couples allowance Lib Dem: * �2 billion for education * Free eye tests * Free dental checks * Devolution * Voting reform Labour definitely managed to make an improvement on school class sizes and ...read more.

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The highlights of the 2001 campaign 14th May: A story is leaked about a Conservative tax cut of �20 billion. The source was the shadow secretary to the treasury, Oliver Letwin shortly after he resigned. 16th May: Jack Straw gets 'booed' by policemen, Tony Blair gets an earful (literally) from an angry voter and John Prescott punches a protester in Rhyll. 17th May: A welsh fuel protestor wins over much of the nation by throwing an egg at the deputy Prime Minster, John Prescott. 18th May: It is found out that John Prescott used to be a boxer and the tabloids print pictures of his boxing days. 1st June: Labour unveils a poster depicting William Hague with Margaret Thatcher's hairdo, Thatcher made her appearance know a few days earlier saying " Blair is destroying my legacy by stealth". 8th June: Labour wins second term in government. The role of the media The media lost much of its influence in the 2001 election, especially the tabloids. During the campaign only 25% of front-page tabloid stories were about the election. The tabloids upped their stories and news about the election since the start of the campaign. Since 1997, many traditionally Tory papers, like The Sun, decided to back New Labour. ...read more.

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* Jack Straw rises to the foreign office. * Robin Cook goes from foreign secretary to leader of the house. * Patricia Hewitt goes from trade minister to trade secretary. * Estelle Morris goes from education minister to education secretary. The Conservatives William Hague resigned as Tory leader after their disastrous result in the election. "No man is indispensable. No man is more important than the party," William Hague, post 2001 election. As soon he announced his resignation the battle was on for a new leader; Ann Widicome, Michael Portillo, lain Duncan Smith, David Davis and Ken Clarke were among the 'contestants'. Iain Duncan Smith was elected as new leader. The Lib Dem's The results of the 2001 election showed that the Lib Dem's have moved up a league as they won 52 seats, 6 more than in 1997. They also managed to take Guildford from the Conservatives. "We are the party of the future and this decade can see us as the party of the governance of our country" Charles Kennedy, post 2001 election. Labour What will Labour implement for the next four years? * Recruit more than 20,000 nurses and 10,000 teachers * No rise is basic rate of income tax * Rising living standards * A modern criminal justice system * Global poverty and climate change tackled. ...read more.

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