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Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election, 2015

Template:Infobox Election The 2015 Labour Party deputy leadership election was triggered on 8 May 2015 by the resignation of Harriet Harman as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom following the party's defeat at the 2015 General Election.

Harman, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, became Acting Leader following Leader Ed Miliband's resignation. Harman announced on the same day that she would be stepping down as Deputy Leader, with her resignation taking effect when the new Leader and Deputy Leader are elected.[1]


The leadership election, triggered by Harman's resignation, will happen under the reformed rules adopted from the proposals of the February 2014 Collins Report, which was led by Ray Collins, Baron Collins of Highbury.[2] The plan entails a shorter election than the one that took place in 2010, with a new deputy leader being in place before Labour's party conference in September 2015.[3]

The review changed the way in which Labour elects leaders. Under the former system, a three-way electoral college chose the leader, with one-third weight given to the votes of the Parliamentary Labour Party (i.e., Labour members of the House of Commons) and Labour members of the European Parliament; one-third to individual Labour Party members, and one third to the trade union and affiliated societies sections. Ed Miliband famously won after a large victory in the third of these colleges.

Following the Collins review, this system was replaced by a "one member, one vote" (OMOV) system. Candidates will be elected by members and registered and affiliated supporters, who will all receive a maximum of one vote. This means that, for example, members of Labour-affiliated trade unions will need to register as Labour supporters in order to vote.

In order to stand, candidates will need to be nominated by at least 15% of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) – now 35 MPs. The vote, as in previous elections, will be held by the alternative vote (instant-runoff) system. The leadership election will be held under the same rules.

A meeting of Labour's National Executive Committee took place on 13 May 2015 to set a timetable and procedure for the two elections.[4]

  • Tuesday 9 June 2015 - Nominations open
  • Monday 15 June 2015 (12:00) - Nominations for the Leader close
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015 (12:00) - Nominations for the Deputy Leader close
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015 (12:00) - Hustings period opens
  • Friday 31 July 2015 (12:00) - Supporting nominations close
  • Wednesday 12 August 2015 (12:00) - Last date to join as member, affiliated support or registered supporter and be able to vote
  • Friday 14 August 2015 - Ballot papers are sent out
  • Thursday 10 September 2015 (12:00) - Ballot closes
  • Saturday 12 September 2015 - Special Conference to announce the results

Candidates for Deputy Leader




Flint is viewed as a Blairite and De Piero is on the board of the Blairite group Progress, while Watson is viewed as having close links to the trade unions.[14] One party source was anonymously quoted in the Financial Times as comparing a potential contest between Flint and Watson to the hotly contested 1981 deputy leadership election between Denis Healey and the leftist Tony Benn.[14]

See also


  1. ^ Cathy Owen, General Election 2015: Harriet Harman announces that she will be standing down as deputy leader of the Labour Party Wales Online (8 May 2015).
  2. ^ Ray Collins, 'Building a One Nation Labour Party: The Collins Review into Labour Party Reform (February 2014).
  3. ^ Pope, Conor (8 May 2015). "How will the leadership election work?". LabourList. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Labour leadership election in September". BBC News. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
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  6. ^ "Ben Bradshaw announces Labour party deputy leadership bid". The Guardian. 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  7. ^ Hayward, Stephen (2015-05-16). "Stella Creasy confirms she's running for Labour deputy leader: 'Party must return to fighting poverty, inequality and injustice'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  8. ^ Liam Murphy, "Wallasey MP Angela Eagle joins race to be Labour's deputy leader", Liverpool Echo (May 18, 2015).
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  10. ^ "John Healey to enter Labour deputy leadership race", The Guardian, 25 May 2015
  11. ^ Tom Watson MP sets up crowdfunding site for his deputy Labour leadership bid, New Statesman (May 10, 2015).
  12. ^ "Labour's next leader: 'Steely Eyed Merchant of Death' and ex-TV beauty lead MPs' dream team". 
  13. ^ "Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk rules out standing for Labour Party deputy leader". 
  14. ^ a b Pickard, Jim (2015-05-08). "General election: Battle for Labour’s soul". Retrieved 2015-05-08.