1958 Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election

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Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet (more formally, its "Parliamentary Committee") occurred in November 1958. In addition to the 12 members elected, the Leader (Hugh Gaitskell), Deputy Leader (Jim Griffiths), Labour Chief Whip (Herbert Bowden), Labour Leader in the House of Lords (A. V. Alexander), and Labour Chief Whip in the House of Lords (Lord Lucan) were automatically members.[1]

Labour peers held a separate vote for one further member of the cabinet, won by Lord Faringdon.[1]

In the elections, Edith Summerskill regained her place in the cabinet after a year's absence, at the expense of George Brown. Full results are listed below:[1]

Colour
key
Retained in the Shadow Cabinet
Joined the Shadow Cabinet
Voted out of the Shadow Cabinet
Rank
Candidate
Constituency
Votes
1 Aneurin Bevan Ebbw Vale 206
2 Harold Wilson Huyton 191
3 Dick Mitchison Kettering 183
4 Frank Soskice Newport 151
5 James Callaghan Cardiff South East 150
6 Patrick Gordon Walker Smethwick 149
7 Alfred Robens Blyth 148
8 Tony Greenwood Rossendale 133
9 Arthur Bottomley Rochester and Chatham 127
10 Philip Noel-Baker Derby South 126
11 Edith Summerskill Warrington 119
12 Tom Fraser Hamilton 118
13 Fred Lee Newton 111
14 Fred Willey Sunderland North 108
15 George Brown Belper 90
16 Richard Crossman Coventry East 87
17 Malcolm Macmillan Western Isles 81
18 Leslie Hale Oldham West 80
19 Michael Stewart Fulham 76
20 Denis Healey Leeds East 71
21 Frank Beswick Uxbridge 70
22 Tony Benn Bristol South East 69
23 Kenneth Younger Grimsby 67
24 Douglas Jay Battersea North 60
25 Fred Peart Workington 53
26 Billy Blyton Houghton-le-Spring 47
27 Fred Mulley Sheffield Park 45
28 Arthur Moyle Oldbury and Halesowen 44
29 Arthur Irvine Liverpool Edge Hill 40
30 John Dugdale West Bromwich 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mr Bevan top in Shadow Cabinet". The Times. 14 November 1958.