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Scottish Labour Party deputy leadership election, 2008

The 2008 Scottish Labour Party deputy leadership election was an internal party election to choose a new deputy leader of the Labour Party in the Scottish Parliament, and was triggered following the resignation of Cathy Jamieson,[1] who stood down in order to campaign in the leadership election which is being held alongside the deputy leadership election. Johann Lamont won the election and was elected deputy leader on Saturday 13 September.

The timetable for the election was finalised on Monday 28 July, and is identical to that of the leadership election. Nominations closed on Friday 1 August with the result declaration being made on 13 September.

Successfully nominated candidates

Source: Scottish Labour

Both of the declared candidates received more than five nominations from MSPs, which was the minimum requirement for them to get onto the ballot paper, by the close of nominations at 12:00 UTC+1 on 1 August 2008.[2][3]


Candidates are initially nominated by their parliamentary colleagues from within the

Nominations from MSPs
Johann Lamont MSP Bill Butler MSP
Jackie Baillie MSP Bill Butler MSP
Sarah Boyack MSP Cathy Craigie MSP
Malcolm Chisholm MSP Patricia Ferguson MSP
Margaret Curran MSP Marlyn Glen MSP
Helen Eadie MSP Cathy Peattie MSP
George Foulkes MSP Elaine Smith MSP
Karen Gillon MSP Karen Whitefield MSP
Trish Godman MSP
Rhoda Grant MSP
James Kelly MSP
Johann Lamont MSP
Frank McAveety MSP
Duncan McNeil MSP
Pauline McNeill MSP
Des McNulty MSP
Elaine Murray MSP
Richard Simpson MSP
David Whitton MSP


The election took place using [2]

In order to be elected, one candidate must have achieved a majority of votes, i.e. 50% plus 1 vote.

Candidate Members of affiliated organisations Individual members MPs, MSPs and MEPs Total
Johann Lamont 17.19% 18.31% 24.68% 60.18%
Bill Butler 16.14% 15.02% 8.66% 39.82%
Johann Lamont elected deputy leader

Source: - The Citizen: Campaigning for Socialism

Suggested candidates not standing

The following either publicly suggested they would stand for election or received media speculation to that effect. However at the close of nominations they had not been nominated by any MSPs.[4]

Timeline of events

Date Event
28 July 2008 • Cathy Jamieson stands down as deputy leader of Scottish Labour in order to concentrate on her campaign in the leadership election, however she remains Acting Leader.
• Scottish Labour's procedure committee meet and agree the timetable for the leadership and deputy leadership elections.[1]
30 July 2008 • Scottish Labour confirm that both Bill Butler and Johann Lamont have received sufficient nominations and are therefore official candidates.
1 August 2008 • Nominations closed with two candidates having been successfully nominated.
13 September 2008 • Declaration of result made - Johann Lamont elected deputy leader of Scottish Labour.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Gray contests leadership election".  
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: Labour leadership election".  
  3. ^ "Labour leader nominations close".  
  4. ^ a b c "The Scottish Labour Party: Nominations received".  
  5. ^ Robbie Dinwoodie (2008-07-30). "Three candidates enter the fray for the deputys post".  
  6. ^ Douglas Fraser (2008-07-28). "Curran considering bid for deputy leadership".  
  7. ^ "Curran considering leadership bid".  
  8. ^ "SNP stun Labour in Glasgow East".  
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