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The BBC Election Swingometer Through The Ages

And the rest of the BBC's election coverage, but we know what really matters.

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It's even set up a huge map of the UK outside Broadcasting House showing all the constituencies.

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The Tories were represented with white and Labour with black because a) this was before colour TV, and b) there weren't any other parties that mattered.

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This is from Broadcasting House in 1951.

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And it was clear, even to the BBC, what the main attraction was. By 1979, the swingometer was starring in this photo call alongside Angela Rippon and a fresh-faced David Dimbleby, making his election night debut.

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And some really dodgy costumes. Who can forget the time he dressed (and talked) like a cowboy for the 2008 council elections?

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Long may he reign as the unofficial king of election night... even though this year is his last.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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