Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 1992

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Labour Party (UK) leadership election

1988 ←
18 July 1992 (1992-07-18) → 1994

  Non Free Image of John Smith Labour Politician.jpg No image.svg
Candidate John Smith Bryan Gould
Affiliated 38.5% 1.5%
Constituency 29.3% 0.7%
Parliamentary 23.2% 6.8%
Total 91.0% 9.0%

Leader before election

Neil Kinnock

Elected Leader

John Smith

The Labour Party leadership election of 1992 followed the Labour Party's failure to win the 1992 general election and the subsequent resignation of party leader Neil Kinnock.

There were only two candidates in the election, with John Smith always the clear favourite to win.[1] The ballot took place on 18 July 1992. Affiliated organisations had 40% of the vote, while Constituency Labour Parties and the Parliamentary Labour Party had 30% each in the electoral college. Gordon Brown and Robin Cook were both seen as potential candidates, but did not stand.


Candidate Affiliated Constituency Parliamentary Total (%)
John Smith 38.5 29.3 23.2 91.0
Bryan Gould 1.5 0.7 6.8 9.0

John Smith was elected leader of the Labour Party with a clear majority.

Shortly after Black Wednesday in September 1992, Labour's lead in the opinion polls began to rise. By the time of his sudden death, Smith was widely predicted and expected to become prime minister at the next general election.

In the event, he would only serve two years before his death, which precipitated another leadership election.

Deputy leadership election[edit]

Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election

1988 ←
18 June 1992 (1992-06-18) → 1994

  Margaret Beckett May 2007.jpg John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg
Candidate Margaret Beckett John Prescott
Affiliated 12.87% 9.42%
Constituency 19.05% 7.11%
Parliamentary 25.40% 11.64%
Total 57.32% 28.17%

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Candidate Bryan Gould
Affiliated 7.71%
Constituency 3.87%
Parliamentary 2.96%
Total 14.54%

Deputy Leader before election

Roy Hattersley

Elected Deputy Leader

Margaret Beckett


Candidate Affiliated Constituency Parliamentary Total (%)
Margaret Beckett 12.87 19.05 25.40 57.32
John Prescott 9.42 7.110 11.64 28.17
Bryan Gould 7.71 3.870 2.96 14.54
Margaret Beckett elected

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Plea for Bloodshed". The Economist. 18 April 1992. p. 64.