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The Labour Party leadership election of 1992 followed the Labour Party's failure to win the 1992 UK general election and the subsequent resignation of party leader Neil Kinnock.

There were only two candidates in the election, with John Smith always the clear favourite to win.[1] The ballot took place on 18 July 1992. Affiliated organisations had 40% of the vote, while Constituency Labour Parties and the Parliamentary Labour Party had 30% each in the electoral college.

John Smith was elected as the Leader of the Labour Party (UK).
Candidate Affiliated Constituency Parliamentary Total
John Smith 38.5 29.3 23.2 91.0
Bryan Gould 1.5 0.7 6.8 9.0

With a clear majority, John Smith was elected leader of the Labour Party. He would only serve two years before his death, which precipitated another leadership election.

Deputy leadership election

Ballot result
Candidate Votes
Margaret Beckett 57.3%
John Prescott 28.1%
Bryan Gould 14.6%
Margaret Beckett elected


  1. ^ "A Plea for Bloodshed". The Economist. 1992-04-18. p. 64.  
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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