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LIBERAL, SDP & LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS 1967-2015

 

LIBERAL PARTY

1967           18 January    
Parliamentary ballot MPs %    
Jeremy Thorpe 6 50.0   No second count - Hooson and Lubbock withdrew
Emlyn Hooson 3 25.0
Eric Lubbock 3 25.0

 

1976         7 July
All-member ballot Votes %
David Steel 12,541 64.1
John Pardoe 7,032 35.9

 

Notes: Parliamentary ballot: alternative-vote system used but tie for last place in 1967.
† All-member ballots in local parties with weighted votes

Source: D. Butler and G. Butler, Twentieth-Century British Political Facts, 1900-2000 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2000), p. 165.


SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (SDP)

1982         2 July
All-member ballot Votes %
Roy Jenkins 26,256 55.7
David Owen 20,864 44.3

 

1983                                   21 June
David Owen Owen declared leader after being only candidate to be nominated

 

1987                                   29 August
Robert Maclennan Maclennan declared leader after being only candidate to be nominated

 

Source: I. Crewe and A. King, SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), pp. 161, 303, 411.


LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

1988 28 July            
All-member ballot Votes %            
Paddy Ashdown 41,401 71.9            
Alan Beith 16,202 28.1            
Turnout: 71.9%                
                 
                 
                 
1999 9 August            
All-member ballot First count Second count Third count Fourth count
  Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Charles Kennedy 22,724 44.6 23,619 46.5 25,164 49.7 28,425 56.6
Simon Hughes 16,233 31.8 17,378 34.2 19,360 38.3 21,833 43.4
Malcolm Bruce 4,643 9.1 5,241 10.3 6,068 12.0 - -
Jackie Ballard 3,978 7.8 4,605 9.1 - - - -
David Rendel 3,428 6.7 - - - - - -
Non-transferable - (-) 163 (0.3) 414 (0.8) 748 (1.5)
Turnout: 61.6%                
                 
                 
                 
2006 2 March            
All-member ballot First count Second count        
  Votes % Votes %        
Menzies Campbell 23,264 44.7 29,697 57.9        
Chris Huhne 16,691 32.1 21,628 42.1        
Simon Hughes 12,081 23.2 - -        
Non-transferable - (-) 711 (1.4)        
Turnout: 72%                
                 
                 
                 
2007 18 December            
All-member ballot Votes %            
Nick Clegg 20,988 50.6            
Chris Huhne 20,477 49.4            
Turnout: 64%                
                 
                 
                 
2015 16 July            
All-member ballot Votes %            
Tim Farron 19,137 56.5            
Norman Lamb 14,760 43.5            
Turnout: 56%                

 

Note: Alternative vote electoral system (preferential/eliminative voting)

Source: D. Butler and G. Butler, Twentieth-Century British Political Facts, 1900-2000 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2000), p. 169; H. Smith, ‘The 1988 Leadership Campaign’, Journal of Liberal Democrat History, 24 (1999), 18-22, pp. 18, 22, n. 1; K. Alderman and N. Carter, ‘The Liberal Democrat Leadership Election of 1999’, Parliamentary Affairs, 53:2 (2000), 311-27, p. 324; BBC, ‘Q&A: Lib Dem election’, BBC News, 2 March 2006; T. Branigan, ‘Clegg seeks new dawn for his party, and for politics’, Guardian, 19 December 2007; A. Sparrow, 'Tim Farron wins Lib Dem leadership contest, with 56% of the vote - Politics live', Guardian online, 16 July 2015.


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