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Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 1985


Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 1985

The results of elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet (more formally, its "Parliamentary Committee") were announced on 30 October 1985.[1] In addition to the 15 members elected, the Leader (Neil Kinnock), Deputy Leader (Roy Hattersley), Labour Chief Whip (Derek Foster), Labour Leader in the House of Lords (Cledwyn Hughes), and Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party (Jack Dormand) were automatically members.

As a result of the election, Gwyneth Dunwoody lost her place in the cabinet. Hughes and Dobson tied for 15th place, so a run-off election was conducted, in which Hughes beat Dobson by 102 votes to 75.[1]

1 1 Gerald Kaufman Manchester Gorton 122
2 3= Stanley Orme Salford East 115
3= 2 Denis Healey Leeds East 112
3= 8= John Prescott Hull East 112
5 15 Robin Cook Livingston 106
6 6 Peter Shore Bethnal Green and Stepney 100
7 5 John Smith Monklands East 99
8 12= Giles Radice North Durham 98
9 3= Jack Cunningham Copeland 95
10= 7 Peter Archer Warley West 94
10= 8= Barry Jones Alyn and Deeside 94
12 11 Michael Meacher Oldham West 93
13 12= Denzil Davies Llanelli 90
14 14 Donald Dewar Glasgow Garscadden 88
15= Robert Hughes Aberdeen North 87
15= Frank Dobson Holborn and St Pancras 87
17 David Clark South Shields 80
18 Brynmor John Pontypridd 76
19 Jo Richardson Barking 71
20= Tam Dalyell Linlithgow 70
20= 10 Gwyneth Dunwoody Crewe and Nantwich 70
20= Gavin Strang Edinburgh East 70
23 Tony Benn Chesterfield 63


  1. ^ a b Keesing's Contemporary Archives, Volume 32
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