Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 1992

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Labour Party (UK) leadership election
United Kingdom
1983 ←
18 July 1992 (1992-07-18)
→ 1994

  John Smith Labour.jpg
Candidate John Smith Bryan Gould
Percentage 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 John Smith always the clear favourite to win.[1] The ballot took place on 18 July 1992. Affiliated organisations had 40% of the vote, while Constituency Labour Parties and the Parliamentary Labour Party had 30% each in the electoral college. Gordon Brown and Robin Cook were both seen as potential candidates, but didn't stand.

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

Shortly after Black Wednesday in September 1992, the Labour's lead in the polls began to rise and over the course of Smith's two year leadership, he was widely predicted to become the next prime minister, come the next General Election.

With a clear majority John Smith was elected leader of the Labour Party. He would only serve two years before his death, which precipitated another leadership election.

Deputy leadership election[edit]

Ballot result
Candidate Votes
Margaret Beckett 57.3%
John Prescott 28.1%
Bryan Gould 14.6%
Margaret Beckett elected


  1. ^ "A Plea for Bloodshed". The Economist. 1992-04-18. p. 64.