Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election, 1972

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Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election

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  Michael Foot (1981).jpg
Candidate Edward Short Michael Foot Anthony Crosland
First Round Votes 111 89 61
First Round Percentage 42.5% 34.1% 23.4%
Second Round Votes 145 116 -
Second Percentage 55.6% 44.4% -

Deputy Leader before election

Roy Jenkins

Elected Deputy Leader

Edward Short

The 1972 Labour Party deputy leadership election took place on 25 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.



First round
Candidate Votes Percentage
Edward Short 111 42.5%
Michael Foot 89 34.1%
Anthony Crosland 61 23.4%
Anthony Crosland eliminated
Second round
Candidate Votes Percentage
Edward Short 145 55.6%
Michael Foot 116 44.4%
Edward Short elected