Labour Party Chair (2001)

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Labour Party Chair is a courtesy position created by Tony Blair in the aftermath of the 2001 General Election.[1] The position is not to be confused with that of Chair of the Labour Party under the Labour Party Constitution. Since 2007, it has been held concurrently by the party's Deputy Leader.

List of Labour Party Chairs[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Leader
Charles Clarke CharlesClarke2014.jpg 9 June 2001 24 June 2002 Tony Blair
John Reid John Reid on his last day as Home Secretary, June 2007.jpg 24 October 2002 4 April 2003 Tony Blair
Ian McCartney 4 April 2003 5 May 2006 Tony Blair
Hazel Blears Hazel Blears, June 2009 2 cropped.jpg 5 May 2006 24 June 2007 Tony Blair
Harriet Harman Harriet Harman, January 2009 2.jpg 24 June 2007 12 September 2015 Gordon Brown
Herself (acting)
Ed Miliband
Herself (acting)
Tom Watson Tom Watson - Minister and UK MP.jpg 12 September 2015 Incumbent[2] Jeremy Corbyn


  1. ^ Roy Hattersley (26 July 2001). "Blair mistook his Clarke for a chair". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Labour's Shadow Cabinet". Labour Party. 7 January 2016. Archived from the original on 18 January 2016.