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Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2007


Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2007

Labour Party (UK) leadership election

10 May 2007 (2007-05-10) – 24 June 2007 (2007-06-24)

  Head and shoulders of a smiling man in a dark suit and spotted tie with dark, greying hair and rounded face with square jaw
Candidate Gordon Brown
Party Labour
Popular vote unopposed

Leader before election

Tony Blair

Elected Leader

Gordon Brown

The 2007 Labour Party Leadership Election was formally triggered on 10 May 2007 by the resignation of Tony Blair, Labour Leader since the previous leadership contest on 21 July 1994. At the same time Blair resigned, John Prescott resigned as Deputy Leader triggering a concurrent election for the deputy leadership.[1][2]

Informal campaigning had been ongoing ever since Tony Blair's original announcement in 2004 that he would not be fighting a fourth general election as leader. Pressure for a timetable eventually led him to announce on 7 September 2006 that he would step down within a year.[3] Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) met on 13 May 2007 to decide a timetable.[4][5] Nominations opened on 14 May and closed at 12:30 UTC+1 on 17 May 2007.

Blair said he expected Gordon Brown to succeed him, and that Brown 'would make an excellent Prime Minister'. When nominations for the leadership elections opened, Blair was one of those nominating Brown.[6] From the start most observers considered Brown the overwhelming favourite to succeed Blair; John McDonnell, his only challenger, failed to secure enough nominations in order to get onto the ballot and conceded defeat to Gordon Brown.[7]

The election process concluded with Gordon Brown being declared leader at a special conference on 24 June 2007. On 27 June, Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and was succeeded as Prime Minister by Gordon Brown.[8]


  • Candidates and results of nominations 1
  • Suggested candidates who declined to run 2
  • Timeline of events 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Candidates and results of nominations

John McDonnell and Gordon Brown were the only candidates as the election process began with the nominations round. In order to secure a place on the ballot paper, candidates needed to submit their nominations to the NEC by 17 May supported by at least 12.5% of Labour MPs (45 Labour MPs, including the candidate themselves). Gordon Brown, the only successfully nominated candidate, was declared leader at a special Labour conference on 24 June 2007.[9]

  • John McDonnell, chair of the Socialist Campaign Group, pledged to merge Old Labour and New Labour into what he calls Real Labour and "save the Labour government from itself". He was hoping to get the backing of all those who had been backing Michael Meacher, but did not do so;[12] with 29 nominations he was 16 short of the minimum required number and was not successfully nominated.[13][14][15]

Suggested candidates who declined to run

During the months running up to Tony Blair's resignation, media attention focused on a wide range of Labour politicians, most of whom publicly refused to stand.

Timeline of events

See also


  1. ^ "Prescott tells Labour: I'm sorry".  
  2. ^ "Prescott quits as Deputy Leader".  
  3. ^ "I will quit within a year — Blair".  
  4. ^ "Labour leader election timetable".  
  5. ^ "Blair will stand down on 27 June".  
  6. ^ "Labour leadership contest - Gordon Brown nominators".  
  7. ^ "Harman wins deputy leader contest".  
  8. ^ "Queen and Government". Website of the  
  9. ^ "Labour leadership, close of nominations".  
  10. ^ "Brown sets out leadership vision".  
  11. ^ "Brown will enter No 10 unopposed".  
  12. ^ Mulholland, Hélène (2007-05-16). "Brown trying to prevent contest, claims McDonnell".  
  13. ^ "Labour MP launches leadership bid".  
  14. ^  
  15. ^ "McDonnell short for leadership race".  
  16. ^ "City MP says he won't fight Brown".  
  17. ^ David Cracknell; Isabel Oakeshott (2007-04-01). "Clarke ready to run for leader".  
  18. ^ "Clarke rules out leadership with praise for Brown". 2007-05-03. 
  19. ^ "'"Clarke 'will not challenge Brown.  
  20. ^ a b "Will Blair and Brown get their way?".  
  21. ^ a b "Reid gives Brown clear run to No 10".  
  22. ^ "Johnson backing Brown for leader".  
  23. ^ "Johnson fuels leadership speculation".  
  24. ^ "Left rivals unite to target Brown".  
  25. ^ "Brown rivals delay bid decision".  
  26. ^ "'"Brown 'faces McDonnell challenge.  
  27. ^ "Labour slump may spark Miliband challenge".  
  28. ^ "Beckett warns Miliband not to run".  
  29. ^ Tempest, Matthew (2007-04-11). "Miliband: I will not be seduced into leadership bid".  
  30. ^ "'"Miliband 'won't run for leader.  
  31. ^ "Labour leadership contenders".  
  32. ^ Deborah Summers and agencies (2007-05-11). "Blair backs Brown as chancellor launches campaign".  
  33. ^ "Reid's end-of-rally job pitch".  
  34. ^ "Reid to quit as home secretary".  
  35. ^ "Straw to run Brown leadership bid".  
  36. ^ "Brown unveils huge Cabinet revamp".  

External links

  • Labour Party website
  • Blair succession BBC News Special Report
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