Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 1976
In the first ballot, held on 25 March, six candidates vied for the leadership:
- Tony Benn, Secretary of State for Energy, Member of Parliament for Bristol South East
- Jim Callaghan, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Member of Parliament for Cardiff South East
- Anthony Crosland, Secretary of State for the Environment, Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
- Michael Foot, Secretary of State for Employment, Member of Parliament for Ebbw Vale
- Denis Healey, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Member of Parliament for Leeds East
- Roy Jenkins, Home Secretary, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Stechford
|First Ballot: 25 March 1976|
|Second Ballot required|
As a result of the first ballot, Crosland was eliminated, while Jenkins and Benn withdrew from the contest. The remaining three candidates would face each other in a second ballot, five days later.
|Second Ballot: 30 March 1976|
|Third Ballot required|
Because no candidate achieved an absolute majority, the candidate with the lowest number of votes was eliminated (in this case Healey). A final run-off ballot was held six days later.
|Third Ballot: 5 April 1976|
|Callaghan elected leader|
Immediately upon his election as Labour leader, Callaghan succeeded Wilson as Prime Minister.
- Tony Benn, The Benn Diaries (Arrow, 1995).
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