1960 Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election

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1960 Labour Party deputy leadership election
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← 1959 3–10 November 1960 (1960-11-03 – 1960-11-10) 1961 →
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Candidate George Brown Frederick Lee James Callaghan
First ballot 118 (48.0%) 73 (29.7%) 55 (22.4%)
Second ballot 146 (63.8%) 83 (36.2%) Eliminated

Deputy Leader before election

Aneurin Bevan

Elected Deputy Leader

George Brown

The 1960 Labour Party deputy leadership election took place in November 1960, after the death of sitting deputy leader Aneurin Bevan.

Candidates[edit]

The ballot coincided with a leadership election, where leader Hugh Gaitskell saw off left-wing challenger Harold Wilson. In the deputy leadership election, Brown and Callaghan both supported Gaitskell, while Lee was aligned with the left wing of the party.[1][2]

Results[edit]

First ballot: 3 November 1960
Candidate Votes %
George Brown 118 48.0
Frederick Lee 73 29.7
James Callaghan 55 22.4
Second ballot required

As a result of the first round, Callaghan was eliminated. The remaining two candidates would face each other in a second round.

Second ballot: 10 November 1960
Candidate Votes %
George Brown 146 63.8
Frederick Lee 83 36.2
George Brown elected

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyd, Francis (4 November 1960). "Mr Gaitskell wins 2-1 majority". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Mr Brown is deputy leader". The Guardian. 11 November 1960.