Elections to the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet (more formally, its "Parliamentary Committee") occurred in November 1988. In addition to the 15 members elected, the Leader (Neil Kinnock), Deputy Leader (Roy Hattersley), Labour Chief Whip (Derek Foster), Labour Leader in the House of Lords (Cledwyn Hughes), and Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party (Stan Orme) were automatically members.[1]

The 15 winners of the election are listed below:[1]

Retained in the Shadow Cabinet
Joined the Shadow Cabinet
Voted out of the Shadow Cabinet
1 Gordon Brown Dunfermline East 155
2 John Smith Monklands East 144
3 Gerald Kaufman Manchester Gorton 129
4 David Clark South Shields 128
5† Robin Cook Livingston 119
5† Donald Dewar Glasgow Garscadden 119
7† Frank Dobson Holborn and St Pancras 116
7† Bryan Gould Dagenham 116
9 Tony Blair Sedgefield 111
10 Michael Meacher Oldham West 109
11 Jack Straw Blackburn 100
12 Barry Jones Alyn and Deeside 96
13 John Prescott Kingston upon Hull East 94
14 Jack Cunningham Copeland 88
15 Jo Richardson Barking 86

† Multiple candidates tied for position.


  1. ^ a b Webster, Philip (3 November 1988). "Kinnock gathers his allies around him". The Times. p. 24.