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1990 Labour Party Shadow Cabinet election

Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet took place on 24 October 1990. Under the rules then in effect, the Commons members of the Parliamentary Labour Party elected 18 members of the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, who were then assigned portfolios by the leader. The Commons members of the PLP separately elected the Chief Whip, and the Labour peers elected the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. In addition, the Leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Leader (Neil Kinnock and Roy Hattersley, respectively) were members by virtue of those offices.

As a result of the election, Joan Lestor lost her seat in the Shadow Cabinet, and was replaced by Ann Taylor; all other members were re-elected.[1]

Retained in the Shadow Cabinet
Joined the Shadow Cabinet
Voted out of the Shadow Cabinet
Rank Candidate Constituency Votes[2][3]
1 John Smith Monklands East 141
2 Gordon Brown Dunfermline East 138
3 Margaret Beckett Derby South 133
4 Robin Cook Livingston 125
5 Gerald Kaufman Manchester Gorton 121
6 Jack Straw Blackburn 119
7 David Clark South Shields 118
8† Tony Blair Sedgefield 115
8† Donald Dewar Glasgow Garscadden 115
10 Michael Meacher Oldham West 111
11 Ann Clwyd Cynon Valley 102
12 Ann Taylor Dewsbury 100
13† Jack Cunningham Copeland 99
13† Barry Jones Alyn and Deeside 99
15 Jo Richardson Barking 97
16 Frank Dobson Holborn and St Pancras 96
17 Bryan Gould Dagenham 94
18 John Prescott Kingston-upon-Hull East 85
19 Joan Lestor Eccles 78
20 Harriet Harman Peckham 68
21 Martin O'Neill Clackmannan 65
22 Clare Short Birmingham Ladywood 65
23 Ron Davies Caerphilly 58
24 George Robertson Hamilton 57
Llin Golding Newcastle-under-Lyme 53
David Blunkett Sheffield Brightside 51
Kevin McNamara Kingston-upon-Hull North 50
Tony Banks Newham North West 49
Clive Soley Hammersmith 48
Mildred Gordon Bow and Poplar 45
Tony Benn Chesterfield 42
Tam Dalyell Linlithgow 42
Barry Sheerman Huddersfield 42
Gavin Strang Edinburgh East 42
Bernie Grant Tottenham 35
Bob Cryer Bradford South 30
Dennis Canavan Falkirk West 28
Chris Smith Islington South and Finsbury 28

† Multiple candidates tied for position.


  1. ^ "Shadow people". The Guardian. 25 October 1990.
  2. ^ Wintour, Patrick (18 October 1991). "Crucial poll for shadow cabinet". The Guardian.
  3. ^ White, Michael (25 October 1990). "Lestor falls to leader's 'revenge'". The Guardian.