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1971 Labour Party deputy leadership election

1971 Labour Party deputy leadership election
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Candidate Roy Jenkins Michael Foot Tony Benn
First ballot 140 (48.3%) 96 (38.0%) 46 (16.3%)
Second ballot 140 (52.6%) 126 (47.4%) Eliminated

Deputy Leader before election

Roy Jenkins

Elected Deputy Leader

Roy Jenkins

The 1971 Labour Party deputy leadership election took place in November 1971 after left-wingers Michael Foot and Tony Benn challenged sitting deputy leader Roy Jenkins.

Candidates

Results

First ballot: 10 November 1971
Candidate Votes %
Roy Jenkins 140 48.3
Michael Foot 96 38.0
Tony Benn 46 16.3
Second ballot required

As a result of the first round, Benn was eliminated. The remaining two candidates were left to face each other in a second round a week later.

Second ballot: 17 November 1971
Candidate Votes %
Roy Jenkins 140 52.6
Michael Foot 126 47.4
Roy Jenkins re-elected

Sources