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The Labour Party leadership election of 1983 occurred when former leader Michael Foot resigned after winning only 209 seats at the 1983 UK general election — a loss of 70 seats. This was the worst showing for Labour since 1931.

Four contenders stood to replace Foot: Neil Kinnock, Roy Hattersley, Eric Heffer and Peter Shore, with Kinnock favoured to win. The results of the election were:

Neil Kinnock was elected as the Leader of the Labour Party (UK).
Roy Hattersley was a candidate for the Leader of the Labour Party (UK).
Eric Heffer was a candidate for the Leader of the Labour Party (UK).
Candidate Affiliated Constituencies PLP Total
Neil Kinnock 29.042 27.452 14.778 71.272
Roy Hattersley 10.878 0.577 7.833 19.288
Eric Heffer 0.046 1.971 4.286 6.303
Peter Shore 0.033 0 3.103 3.137

Neil Kinnock won the election with an outright majority and Roy Hattersley became his deputy, beating Michael Meacher. Kinnock remained leader until 1992.



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