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Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 1992


Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 1992

Labour Party (UK) leadership election

18 July 1992 (1992-07-18)

Candidate John Smith Bryan Gould
Affiliated 38.5% 1.5%
Constituency 29.3% 0.7%
Parliamentary 23.2% 6.8%
Total 91.0% 9.0%

Leader before election

Neil Kinnock

Elected Leader

John Smith

The Labour Party leadership election of 1992 followed the Labour Party's failure to win the 1992 general election and the subsequent resignation of party leader Neil Kinnock.

There were only two candidates in the election, with electoral college. Gordon Brown and Robin Cook were both seen as potential candidates, but didn't stand.


  • Candidates 1
  • Deputy leadership election 2
    • Candidates 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Candidate Affiliated Constituency Parliamentary Total (%)
John Smith 38.5 29.3 23.2 91.0
Bryan Gould 1.5 0.7 6.8 9.0

John Smith was elected leader of the Labour Party with a clear majority.

Shortly after Black Wednesday in September 1992, Labour's lead in the opinion polls began to rise. During his time as party leader, Smith was widely predicted to become prime minister at the next general election.

In the event, he would only serve two years before his death, which precipitated another leadership election.

Deputy leadership election

Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election

18 June 1992 (1992-06-18)

Candidate Margaret Beckett John Prescott Bryan Gould
Affiliated 12.87% 9.42% 7.71%
Constituency 19.05% 7.11% 3.87%
Parliamentary 25.40% 11.64% 2.96%
Total 57.32% 28.17% 14.54%

Deputy Leader before election

Roy Hattersley

Elected Deputy Leader

Margaret Beckett


Candidate Affiliated Constituency Parliamentary Total (%)
Margaret Beckett 12.87 19.05 25.40 57.32
John Prescott 9.42 7.110 11.64 28.17
Bryan Gould 7.71 3.870 2.96 14.54
Margaret Beckett elected

See also


  1. ^ "A Plea for Bloodshed".  
  • Boothroyd, David. "Leaders of the Labour Party". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 16 May 2015.  (unofficial website)
  • LeDuc, Lawrence (26–31 March 1999). "Leadership Selection and Party Renewal" (PDF). The Consequences of Candidate Selection. 27th ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. Mannheim: European Consortium for Political Research. pp. 8–12. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
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