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Margaret Beckett was a candidate and defeated incumbent of Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

A Labour party deputy leadership election took place in 1994 following the death of John Smith. Margaret Beckett had previously been elected deputy leader of the party in 1992 and had acted as the interim leader of the opposition since Smith's death on 12 May.

Elections were held concurrently for both Leader and Deputy Leader of the party, with the results announced on 21 July 1994. There were three candidates for Leader: Margaret Beckett, Tony Blair and John Prescott, but Blair did not stand for deputy leadership. Blair went on to win the leadership election and Prescott won the deputy leadership. Both Prescott and Beckett held roles in Blair's cabinet for his entire time in office.

The election was conducted using the Labour party's electoral college which gave a third of the votes to the party's MPs and MEPs, a third to its rank and file members (the CLP) and the final third to affiliated trade unions and societies, such as the Fabians.


Electoral College Vote
Candidate Votes
John Prescott 56.5%
Margaret Beckett 43.5%
John Prescott elected

See also


Labour Party (UK) Deputy leadership elections
1972 (Short) | 1976 (Foot) | 1980 (Healey) | 1981 (Healey) | 1983 (Hattersley) | 1988 (Hattersley) | 1992 (Beckett) | 1994 (Prescott) | 2007 (Harman)


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