Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 1980
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The British Labour Party leadership election of 1980 was held following the resignation of James Callaghan. Callaghan had been Prime Minister 1976—1979 and had stayed on as leader of the Labour Party for eighteen months in order to oversee an orderly transition to his favoured successor, Denis Healey. However, during this period the party had become bogged down in internal arguments about its procedures and future direction.
The result of the first ballot of Labour MPs on 4 November was as follows:
|First Ballot: 4 November 1980|
|Second Ballot required|
In the second ballot, held six days later, there was a run-off between Healey and Foot.
|Second Ballot: 10 November 1980|
This was the last leadership election to be conducted amongst Members of Parliament only, an electoral college was subsequently introduced for future contests.
- Twentieth-Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, by David Butler and Gareth Butler (Macmillan Press, 8th edition 2000)
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