Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 1992

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Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet took place in July 1992. Shadow Cabinet elections generally take place at the beginning of a parliamentary session, but the 1992 vote was postponed until a new leader was elected to replace Neil Kinnock. Under the rules then in effect, the Commons members of the Parliamentary Labour Party elected 18 members of the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, who were then assigned portfolios by the leader. The Commons members of the PLP separately elected the Chief Whip, and the Labour peers elected the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. In addition, the Leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Leader (John Smith and Margaret Beckett, respectively) were members by virtue of those offices. The 18 elected members of the Shadow Cabinet were the ones with the largest number of votes, except that the three women with the most votes would be included in the 18, even if they weren't among the 18 top vote getters.

Rank
Candidate
Constituency
Votes
1 Gordon Brown Dunfermline East 165
2 Tony Blair Sedgefield 150
3 Robin Cook Livingston 149
4 Frank Dobson Holborn and St Pancras 140
5 John Prescott Kingston-upon-Hull East 137
6† Bryan Gould Dagenham 135
6† Harriet Harman Peckham 135
6† Mo Mowlam Redcar 135
6† Chris Smith Islington South and Finsbury 135
10 Ann Clwyd Cynon Valley 133
11 Ann Taylor Dewsbury 129
12 Jack Cunningham Copeland 124
13 Michael Meacher Oldham West 122
14 Donald Dewar Glasgow Garscadden 121
15 David Blunkett Sheffield Brightside 112
16 Jack Straw Blackburn 111
17 Tom Clarke Monklands West 105
18 David Clark South Shields 104
19 Ron Davies Caerphilly 89
20 George Robertson Hamilton 82
21 Barry Jones Alyn and Deeside 80
22 Clare Short Birmingham Ladywood 73
23† Dawn Primarolo Bristol South 71
23† Joyce Quin Gateshead East 71
25 Hilary Armstrong North West Durham 70
26 Martin O'Neill Clackmannan 63
27 Jo Richardson Barking 62
28 Kevin McNamara Kingston-upon-Hull North 61
29 Stuart Bell Middlesbrough 60
30 Chris Mullin Sunderland South 58
31 George Foulkes Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley 57
32 Derek Fatchett Leeds Central 54
33† Henry McLeish Central Fife 53
33† Clive Soley Hammersmith 53
35 Llin Golding Newcastle-under-Lyme 51
36† Mildred Gordon Bow and Poplar 47
36† Tony Benn Chesterfield 47
38 Jeff Rooker Birmingham Perry Barr 44
39† Tony Banks Newham North West 42
39† Bruce Grocott The Wrekin 42
41 Mark Fisher Stoke-on-Trent Central 41
42† Alun Michael Cardiff West 39
42† Gavin Strang Edinburgh East 39
44 John Marek Wrexham 38
45 Alf Morris Manchester Wythenshawe 37
46 Tony Lloyd Stretford 33
47 Barry Sheerman Huddersfield 31
48† Graham Allen Nottingham North 29
48† Bernie Grant Tottenham 29
50† Dennis Canavan Falkirk West 26
50† John Garrett Norwich South 26
52 Austin Mitchell Great Grimsby 20
53 Stuart Randall Kingston-upon-Hull West 19

† Multiple candidates tied for position.

References[edit]

  • "Shadow Cabinet Elections in the 1992 Parliament".