1993 Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election

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Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet took place in October 1993, at the beginning of the 1993/4 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 (John Smith and Margaret Beckett, 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. Beginning with this election, MPs were required to vote for at least four women, but women were no longer guaranteed three places in the Shadow Cabinet.

Retained in the Shadow Cabinet
Joined the Shadow Cabinet
Voted out of the Shadow Cabinet
1 Robin Cook Livingston 177
2† Frank Dobson Holborn and St Pancras 163
2† John Prescott Kingston-upon-Hull East 163
4 Gordon Brown Dunfermline East 160
5 Mo Mowlam Redcar 156
6 Tony Blair Sedgefield 142
7 David Clark South Shields 133
8 Jack Straw Blackburn 130
9 Chris Smith Islington South and Finsbury 124
10 Michael Meacher Oldham West 122
11† Ron Davies Caerphilly 121
11† Donald Dewar Glasgow Garscadden 121
13 Tom Clarke Monklands West 120
14 Ann Taylor Dewsbury 116
15† Joan Lestor Eccles 110
15† George Robertson Hamilton 110
17† David Blunkett Sheffield Brightside 107
17† Jack Cunningham Copeland 107
19† Ann Clwyd Cynon Valley 104
19† Joyce Quin Gateshead East 104
21 Clare Short Birmingham Ladywood 101
22 Harriet Harman Peckham 99
23 Tony Lloyd Stretford 95
24 Gavin Strang Edinburgh East 90
25 Irene Adams Paisley North 88
26 Kevin McNamara Kingston-upon-Hull North 87
26 Dawn Primarolo Bristol South 87
28 Gwyneth Dunwoody Crewe and Nantwich 82
39 Mildred Gordon Bow and Poplar 81
30 Derek Fatchett Leeds Central 78
31 Stuart Bell Middlesbrough 75
32 Maria Fyfe Glasgow Maryhill 70
33 Chris Mullin Sunderland South 69
34 Alun Michael Cardiff West 63
35 Llin Golding Newcastle-under-Lyme 62
36 Alistair Darling Edinburgh Central 60
37 Henry McLeish Central Fife 56
38 John Marek Wrexham 48
39 Joan Ruddock Lewisham Deptford 47
40 Tony Banks Newham North West 46
41† Kate Hoey Vauxhall 40
41† Rhodri Morgan Cardiff South and Penarth 40
43 John Garrett Norwich South 43
44 Graham Allen Nottingham North 29

† Multiple candidates tied for position.


  • "Shadow Cabinet Elections in the 1992 Parliament".

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