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1956 Labour Party Shadow Cabinet election

Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet (more formally, its "Parliamentary Committee") occurred in November 1956. In addition to the 12 members elected, the Leader (Hugh Gaitskell), Deputy Leader (Jim Griffiths), Labour Chief Whip (Herbert Bowden), Labour Leader in the House of Lords (A. V. Alexander) were automatically members.

The results of the election are listed below:[1]

Retained in the Shadow Cabinet
Joined the Shadow Cabinet
Voted out of the Shadow Cabinet
1 Harold Wilson Huyton 185
2 Alfred Robens Blyth 149
3 Aneurin Bevan Ebbw Vale 148
4 Dick Mitchison Kettering 146
5 James Callaghan Cardiff South-East 140
6† Tony Greenwood Rossendale 137
6† Frank Soskice Sheffield, Neepsend 137
8 Philip Noel-Baker Derby South 133
9 Edith Summerskill Fulham West 112
10 George Brown Belper 110
11 Kenneth Younger Grimsby 106
12 Tom Fraser Hamilton 98
13 Arthur Bottomley Rochester and Chatham 91
14 Lynn Ungoed-Thomas Leicester North East 90
15 Richard Stokes Ipswich 69

† Multiple candidates tied for position.


  1. ^ "Shadow Cabinet Placings in Poll". The Times. 23 November 1956. p. 10.