Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election, 1988

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Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election
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Candidate Roy Hattersley John Prescott Eric Heffer
Affiliated 31.3% 8.6% 0.0%
Constituency 18.1% 7.9% 4.1%
Parliamentary 17.4% 7.2% 5.4%
Total 66.8% 23.7% 9.45%

Deputy Leader before election

Roy Hattersley

Elected Deputy Leader

Roy Hattersley

A Labour Party Deputy Leadership Election took place on 2 October 1988 when John Prescott and Eric Heffer challenged Labour's incumbent Deputy Leader Roy Hattersley. Hattersley had served in the position since 1983.

The election was conducted using the Labour Party's Electoral College. Delegates at Labour Party conference voted in the election, with 40% of votes going to affiliated unions, 30% to constituency parties and 30% to the Parliamentary Labour Party.

The challenge to Hattersley's position was unsuccessful, and he retained the deputy leadership of the party by a wide margin. He would go on to serve until 1992, when he resigned following Labour's defeat in the 1992 general election.

Candidates[edit]

Result[edit]

First round
Candidate Affiliated block votes
(40%)[1]
CLP block votes
(30%)
PLP votes
(30%)
Total
Votes  % Votes  % Votes  %  %
Roy Hattersley 4,429 31.3% 367 18.1% 128 17.4% 67.3%
John Prescott 1,223 8.6% 159 7.9% 53 7.2% 23.7%
Eric Heffer 1 0.0% 82 4.1% 40 5.4% 9.4%
Roy Hattersley re-elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ Under the rules at the time of the contest, block votes were cast by delegates and the Parliamentary Party at Labour Party Conference. Affiliated Unions held 40% of the votes, CLPs 30% and the PLP 30%.