Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 1995

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Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet took place in October 1995, at the beginning of the 1995/6 session of parliament. Under the rules then in effect, the Commons members of the Parliamentary Labour Party elected 19 members of the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, who were then assigned portfolios by the leader. 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 (Tony Blair and John Prescott, respectively) were members by virtue of those offices. With this election, for the first time, the role Opposition Chief Whip was simply another portfolio to be handed out rather than an office separately elected by the PLP.[1] The 19 elected members of the Shadow Cabinet were the ones with the largest number of votes. MPs were required to vote for at least four women, but women were not necessarily guaranteed places in the Shadow Cabinet.

Retained in the Shadow Cabinet
Joined the Shadow Cabinet
Voted out of the Shadow Cabinet
1 Beckett, MargaretMargaret Beckett Derby South 187
2 Cook, RobinRobin Cook Livingston 181
3 Brown, GordonGordon Brown Dunfermline East 159
4 Davies, RonRon Davies Caerphilly 157
5 Dewar, DonaldDonald Dewar Glasgow Garscadden 156
6 Mowlam, MoMo Mowlam Redcar 152
7 Smith, ChrisChris Smith Islington South and Finsbury 148
8 Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson Holborn and St Pancras 142
9 Clark, DavidDavid Clark South Shields 141
10 Taylor, AnnAnn Taylor Dewsbury 138
11 Blunkett, DavidDavid Blunkett Sheffield Brightside 132
12 Strang, GavinGavin Strang Edinburgh East 131
13 Straw, JackJack Straw Blackburn 128
14 Lestor, JoanJoan Lestor Eccles 122
15 Meacher, MichaelMichael Meacher Oldham West 121
16 Short, ClareClare Short Birmingham Ladywood 119
17 Robertson, GeorgeGeorge Robertson Hamilton 116
18 Harman, HarrietHarriet Harman Peckham 108
19 Clarke, TomTom Clarke Monklands West 107
20 Cunningham, JackJack Cunningham Copeland 100
21 Lloyd, TonyTony Lloyd Stretford 99
22 Fatchett, DerekDerek Fatchett Leeds Central 90
23† Quin, JoyceJoyce Quin Gateshead East 88
23† Wilson, BrianBrian Wilson Cunninghame North 88
25 Primarolo, DawnDawn Primarolo Bristol South 86
26 Brown, NickNick Brown Newcastle-upon-Tyne North 84
27 Bell, StuartStuart Bell Middlesbrough 82
28 Armstrong, HilaryHilary Armstrong North West Durham 80
29 Marek, JohnJohn Marek Wrexham 76
30 Clwyd, AnnAnn Clwyd Cynon Valley 72
31 Adams, IreneIrene Adams Paisley North 71
32† Michael, AlunAlun Michael Cardiff West 69
32† Mullin, ChrisChris Mullin Sunderland South 69
34 Darling, AlistairAlistair Darling Edinburgh Central 67
35 Caborn, RichardRichard Caborn Sheffield Central 65
36 Golding, LlinLlin Golding Newcastle-under-Lyme 64
37 McLeish, HenryHenry McLeish Central Fife 50
38 Foulkes, GeorgeGeorge Foulkes Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley 47
39 McCartney, IanIan McCartney Makerfield 46
40 Banks, TonyTony Banks Newham North West 41
41 Kilfoyle, PeterPeter Kilfoyle Liverpool Walton 40
42 Barron, KevinKevin Barron Rother Valley 30

† Multiple candidates tied for position.


  1. "Out of the Shadow". Herald Scotland. 17 October 1995. Retrieved 23 May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>