Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2007

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Labour Party (UK) leadership election
United Kingdom
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10 May 2007 (2007-05-10) - 24 June 2007 (2007-06-24)
→ 2010

  Head and shoulders of a smiling man in a dark suit and spotted tie with dark, greying hair and rounded face with square jaw


Candidate Gordon Brown
Party Labour
Popular vote unopposed

Leader before election

Tony Blair

Elected Leader

Gordon Brown

The 2007 Labour Party Leadership Election was formally triggered on 10 May 2007 by the resignation of Tony Blair, Labour Leader since the previous leadership contest on 21 July 1994. At the same time Blair resigned, John Prescott resigned as Deputy Leader triggering a concurrent election for the deputy leadership.[1][2]

Informal campaigning had been ongoing ever since Tony Blair's original announcement in 2004 that he would not be fighting a fourth general election as leader. Pressure for a timetable eventually led him to announce on 7 September 2006 that he would step down within a year.[3] Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) met on 13 May 2007 to decide a timetable.[4][5] Nominations opened on 14 May and closed at 12:30 UTC+1 on 17 May 2007.

Blair said he expected Gordon Brown to succeed him, and that Brown 'would make an excellent Prime Minister'. When nominations for the leadership elections opened, Blair was one of those nominating Brown.[6] From the start most observers considered Brown the overwhelming favourite to succeed Blair; John McDonnell, his only challenger, failed to secure enough nominations in order to get onto the ballot and conceded defeat to Gordon Brown.[7]

The election process concluded with Gordon Brown being declared leader at a special conference on 24 June 2007. On 27 June, Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and was succeeded as Prime Minister by Gordon Brown.[8]

Candidates and results of nominations[edit]

John McDonnell and Gordon Brown were the only candidates as the election process began with the nominations round. In order to secure a place on the ballot paper, candidates needed to submit their nominations to the NEC by 17 May supported by at least 12.5% of Labour MPs (45 Labour MPs, including the candidate themselves). Gordon Brown, the only successfully nominated candidate, was declared leader at a special Labour conference on 24 June 2007.[9]

  • John McDonnell, chair of the Socialist Campaign Group, pledged to merge Old Labour and New Labour into what he calls Real Labour and "save the Labour government from itself". He was hoping to get the backing of all those who had been backing Michael Meacher, but did not do so;[12] with 29 nominations he was 16 short of the minimum required number and was not successfully nominated.[13][14][15]

Suggested candidates who declined to run[edit]

During the months running up to Tony Blair's resignation, media attention focused on a wide range of Labour politicians, most of whom publicly refused to stand.

Timeline of events[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prescott tells Labour: I'm sorry". BBC News. 2006-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Prescott quits as Deputy Leader". BBC News Online. 2007-05-10. 
  3. ^ "I will quit within a year — Blair". BBC News Online. 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2006-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Labour leader election timetable". BBC News. 2007-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Blair will stand down on 27 June". BBC News. 2007-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Labour leadership contest - Gordon Brown nominators". Labour Party (UK). 
  7. ^ "Harman wins deputy leader contest". BBC News Online. 24 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Queen and Government". Website of the British Monarchy. 
  9. ^ "Labour leadership, close of nominations". Labour Party (UK). 2007-05-17. 
  10. ^ "Brown sets out leadership vision". BBC News. 2006-09-26. 
  11. ^ "Brown will enter No 10 unopposed". BBC News. 2007-05-16. 
  12. ^ Mulholland, Hélène (2007-05-16). "Brown trying to prevent contest, claims McDonnell". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  13. ^ "Labour MP launches leadership bid". BBC News. 2006-07-14. 
  14. ^ Oscar Reyes (2007-05-11). "Challenging Brown from the Left? Meacher and McDonnell interviewed". Red Pepper (magazine). Transnational Institute. 
  15. ^ "McDonnell short for leadership race". Reuters. 2007-05-15. 
  16. ^ "City MP says he won't fight Brown". Norwich Evening News. 2007-01-15. 
  17. ^ David Cracknell; Isabel Oakeshott (2007-04-01). "Clarke ready to run for leader". Sunday Times (London). 
  18. ^ "Clarke rules out leadership with praise for Brown". 2007-05-03. 
  19. ^ "Clarke 'will not challenge Brown'". BBC News. 2007-05-04. 
  20. ^ a b "Will Blair and Brown get their way?". BBC News. 2006-09-06. 
  21. ^ a b "Reid gives Brown clear run to No 10". Scotland on Sunday. 2007-05-06. 
  22. ^ "Johnson backing Brown for leader". BBC News. 2006-11-09. 
  23. ^ "Johnson fuels leadership speculation". BBC News. 2006-09-26. 
  24. ^ "Left rivals unite to target Brown". BBC News. 2007-04-27. 
  25. ^ "Brown rivals delay bid decision". BBC News. 2007-05-10. 
  26. ^ "Brown 'faces McDonnell challenge'". BBC News. 2007-05-14. 
  27. ^ "Labour slump may spark Miliband challenge". The Daily Telegraph (London). 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  28. ^ "Beckett warns Miliband not to run". BBC News. 2007-03-31. 
  29. ^ Tempest, Matthew (2007-04-11). "Miliband: I will not be seduced into leadership bid". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  30. ^ "Miliband 'won't run for leader'". BBC News. 2007-04-17. 
  31. ^ "Labour leadership contenders". BBC News. 2007-05-10. 
  32. ^ Deborah Summers and agencies (2007-05-11). "Blair backs Brown as chancellor launches campaign". The Guardian (London). 
  33. ^ "Reid's end-of-rally job pitch". BBC News. 2006-09-28. 
  34. ^ "Reid to quit as home secretary". BBC News. 2007-05-06. 
  35. ^ "Straw to run Brown leadership bid". BBC News. 2007-03-25. 
  36. ^ "Brown unveils huge Cabinet revamp". BBC News. 2007-06-28. 

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