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Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 1994


Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 1994

Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet took place in October 1994, at the beginning of the 1994/5 session of parliament. 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 (Tony Blair and John Prescott, respectively) were members by virtue of those offices. The 18 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 Cook, RobinRobin Cook Livingston 187
2 Beckett, MargaretMargaret Beckett[1] Derby South 170
3 Brown, GordonGordon Brown Dunfermline East 167
4 Dewar, DonaldDonald Dewar Glasgow Garscadden 142
5 Harman, HarrietHarriet Harman Peckham 141
6 Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson Holborn and St Pancras 137
7 Robertson, GeorgeGeorge Robertson Hamilton 126
8† Mowlam, MoMo Mowlam Redcar 125
8† Smith, ChrisChris Smith Islington South and Finsbury 125
10 Cunningham, JackJack Cunningham Copeland 120
11 Meacher, MichaelMichael Meacher Oldham West 114
12 Davies, RonRon Davies Caerphilly 113
13 Clark, DavidDavid Clark South Shields 109
14 Straw, JackJack Straw Blackburn 106
15† Blunkett, DavidDavid Blunkett Sheffield Brightside 100
15† Lestor, JoanJoan Lestor Eccles 100
17† Strang, GavinGavin Strang Edinburgh East 97
17† Taylor, AnnAnn Taylor Dewsbury 97
19† Clwyd, AnnAnn Clwyd Cynon Valley 94
19† Short, ClareClare Short Birmingham Ladywood 94
21 Armstrong, HilaryHilary Armstrong North West Durham 93
22 Fatchett, DerekDerek Fatchett Leeds Central 88
23† Brown, NickNick Brown Newcastle-upon-Tyne North 86
23† Lloyd, TonyTony Lloyd Stretford 86
23† Wilson, BrianBrian Wilson Cunninghame North 86
26 Clarke, TomTom Clarke Monklands West 83
27 Michael, AlunAlun Michael Cardiff West 81
28 Quin, JoyceJoyce Quin Gateshead East 78
29 Primarolo, DawnDawn Primarolo Bristol South 75
30 McNamara, KevinKevin McNamara Kingston-upon-Hull North 70
31 Bell, StuartStuart Bell Middlesbrough 67
32 Darling, AlistairAlistair Darling Edinburgh Central 61
33 Mullin, ChrisChris Mullin Sunderland South 59
34 Foulkes, GeorgeGeorge Foulkes Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley 58
35† Adams, IreneIrene Adams Paisley North 57
35† Marek, JohnJohn Marek Wrexham 57
37 Golding, LlinLlin Golding Newcastle-under-Lyme 56
38 Gordon, MildredMildred Gordon Bow and Poplar 48
39 O'Neill, MartinMartin O'Neill Clackmannan 45
40† Fyfe, MariaMaria Fyfe Glasgow Maryhill 43
40† McLeish, HenryHenry McLeish Central Fife 43
42† Banks, TonyTony Banks Newham North West 42
42† Ruddock, JoanJoan Ruddock Lewisham Deptford 42
44 Hoey, KateKate Hoey Vauxhall 41
45 McCartney, IanIan McCartney Makerfield 40
46 McFall, JohnJohn McFall Dumbarton 38
47 Rooker, JeffJeff Rooker Birmingham Perry Barr 35
48 Walley, JoanJoan Walley Stoke-on-Trent North 32
49 Corbyn, JeremyJeremy Corbyn Islington North 31
50 Sheerman, BarryBarry Sheerman Huddersfield 30
51 Morgan, RhodriRhodri Morgan Cardiff South and Penarth 28
52 Soley, CliveClive Soley Hammersmith 24

† Multiple candidates tied for position.


  1. ^ Had served in the previous configuration of the Shadow Cabinet as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
  • "Shadow Cabinet Elections in the 1992 Parliament". 

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