Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 1981

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Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet (more formally, its "Parliamentary Committee") took place on 19 November 1981. There were 15 posts, rather than 12 as in previous years. 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 Peart), and Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party (Jack Dormand) were automatically members.

Of the 12 incumbent members, 10 were re-elected. Tony Benn, who was the top loser in 1980 automatically took the William Rodgers when the latter left the party to create the Social Democratic Party. He lost again in this election. It is unclear whether Roy Mason lost re-election or did not stand. The results of the election, though incomplete, are below[1]

Colour
key
Retained in the Shadow Cabinet
Joined the Shadow Cabinet
Voted out of the Shadow Cabinet
Rank
Prior
rank
Candidate
Constituency
Votes
1 4† Peter Shore Stepney and Poplar 147
2 3 Gerald Kaufman Manchester Ardwick 142
3 1 Roy Hattersley Birmingham Sparkbrook 135
4 7 John Silkin Lewisham Deptford 132
5 2 Eric Varley Chesterfield 131
6 4† Merlyn Rees Leeds South 128
7 12 Neil Kinnock Bedwellty 118
8 8† Albert Booth Barrow and Furness 114
9 11 John Smith North Lanarkshire 111
10 15 Brynmor John Pontypridd 105
11 6 Stanley Orme Salford West 104
12 14 Bruce Millan Glasgow Craigton 92
13 16 Eric Heffer Liverpool Walton 84
14  ? Peter Archer Warley West 83
15  ? Gwyneth Dunwoody Crewe 82
16 18 Norman Buchan West Renfrewshire 80
17  ? Robin Cook Edinburgh Central 73
 ? 13 Tony Benn Bristol South East 66
 ?  ? Giles Radice Chester-le-Street 60
 ?  ? Jeremy Bray Motherwell and Wishaw  ?
 ?  ? James Craigen Glasgow Maryhill  ?
 ? 20 Tam Dalyell West Lothian  ?
 ?  ? Harry Ewing Stirling, Falkirk and Grangemouth  ?
 ?  ? Robert Hughes Aberdeen North  ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoffrey Parkhouse (20 November 2011). "Size of Benn vote a blow to Foot". The Glasgow Herald. p. 1.