1982 Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election
Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet (more formally, its "Parliamentary Committee") took place on 18 November 1982. In addition to the 15 members elected, the Leader (Michael Foot), Deputy Leader (Denis Healey), Labour Chief Whip (Michael Cocks), Labour Leader in the House of Lords (Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos), and Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party (Jack Dormand) were automatically members.
All 15 members elected the previous year were retained. The value of being the top loser dropped as by-elections would be held for future vacancies under a change in the Parliamentary Labour Party's rules. The results for 20 of the 40 candidates are listed below[N 1]:
|1||2||Gerald Kaufman||Manchester Ardwick||142|
|3||1||Peter Shore||Stepney and Poplar||129|
|4||3||Roy Hattersley||Birmingham Sparkbrook||127|
|6||8||Albert Booth||Barrow and Furness||118|
|7||4||John Silkin||Lewisham Deptford||103|
|8||9||John Smith||North Lanarkshire||102|
|9||14||Peter Archer||Warley West||101|
|10||11||Stanley Orme||Salford West||100|
|11||6||Merlyn Rees||Leeds South||93|
|13=||12||Bruce Millan||Glasgow Craigton||85|
|15||13||Eric Heffer||Liverpool Walton||82|
|16||?||Tony Benn||Bristol South East||75|
|17†||17||Robin Cook||Edinburgh Central||73|
|17†||?||Joan Lestor||Eton and Slough||73|
|20||16||Norman Buchan||West Renfrewshire||70|
- The Glasgow Herald confirms Kaufman and Kinnock placed first and second. Since none of the three winners for whom vote are not known were among the few who received more votes, Brynmor John could not have done better than 105, his 1981 result. As such the rankings from 7th to 15 are uncertain.
- "Election for Whip goes to third ballot". The Glasgow Herald. 26 October 1982. p. 6.
There were 52 nominations last night for the 15 Shadow Cabinet posts. This is a record figure and compares with 40 last year.
- Geoffrey Parkhouse (19 November 1982). "Foot's "Shadow" team will come from the same faces". The Glasgow Herald. p. 6.