1976 Labour Party deputy leadership election
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Michael Foot (1981).jpg
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Candidate Michael Foot Shirley Williams
Popular vote 166 128
Percentage 56.5% 43.5%

Deputy Leader before election

Edward Short

Elected Deputy Leader

Michael Foot

The 1976 Labour Party deputy leadership election occurred when Edward Short stood down from the deputy leadership of the Labour Party. It was won by Michael Foot who had stood unsuccessfully for the position three times before, and had come second to James Callaghan in the leadership election the previous April.



Only ballot: 21 October 1976
Candidate Votes %
Michael Foot 166 56.5
Shirley Williams 128 43.5
Majority 38 13
Turnout 294 N/A
Michael Foot elected