"when Hughes and later Motion were preferred as Poets Laureate"

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was an English poet and children's writer. He married American poet Sylvia Plath, and was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death.

The Poetry Archive: Ted Hughes

Poets.org: Ted Hughes


Andrew Motion (b. 1952) was British Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, and is the first Laureate to retire. 

Poetry Archive: Andrew Motion

Contemporary Writers: Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion Website

Guardian Article: On retiring as Poet Laureate

Andrew Motion talks about Poet Laureateship