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1972 Labour Party deputy leadership election

1972 Labour Party deputy leadership election
← 1971 20–25 April 1972 (1972-04-20 – 1972-04-25) 1976 →
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Candidate Edward Short Michael Foot Anthony Crosland
First ballot 111 (42.5%) 89 (34.1%) 61 (23.4%)
Second ballot 145 (55.6%) 116 (44.4%) Eliminated

Deputy Leader before election

Roy Jenkins

Elected Deputy Leader

Edward Short

The 1972 Labour Party deputy leadership election took place in April 1972 after Roy Jenkins resigned as deputy leader over the decision to hold a referendum on Britain's entry into the Common Market.[1]

Edward Short, formerly Education Secretary in the government of Harold Wilson, was regarded as a "unity" candidate,[2] and won the election over his main rival, the left-winger Michael Foot, who had unsuccessfully stood for the deputy leadership in 1970 and 1971.

Candidates

Results

First ballot: 20 April 1972
Candidate Votes %
Edward Short 111 42.5
Michael Foot 89 34.1
Anthony Crosland 61 23.4
Second ballot required

As a result of the first round, Crosland was eliminated. The remaining two candidates would face each other in a second round.

Second ballot: 25 April 1972
Candidate Votes %
Edward Short 145 55.6
Michael Foot 116 44.4
Edward Short elected

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