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This research comprises details and insights right into a poorly-understood political phenomenon - contests for occasion management. It describes the usually sour struggles over management choice that have plagued the Conservative, Labour, Liberal, Social Democratic and Liberal Democrat events. according to large interviewing with former celebration leaders, and cautious research of management contests in each one occasion, the publication concludes that management choice ideas infrequently have an effect on who stands for occasion management or who wins the contests.

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143 This is not surprising. The Conservative move from the magic circle to election by MPs was a thoroughly leader-driven process. There was no opportunity for a backbench MP or a local constituency activist to play any significant role. This is quite unlike how the Labour Party went about overhauling its leadership selection rules. ' — Neil Kinnock, Labour Party leader Both Harold Wilson and James Callaghan became prime minister after Labour MPs had elected them to be the party's leader. Hence, when the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) elected Callaghan to succeed Wilson in 1976, Labour MPs had effectively chosen Britain's last two prime ministers.

When the time came to choose Callaghan's successor, Labour was in the midst of a bitter civil war. In one of the bloodiest battles, the party overhauled its leadership selection system, replacing the election by MPs with an electoral college in which the PLP retained only 30 per cent of the votes. In late 1980, in his final Conference appearance as party leader, Callaghan issued a stern warning. '3 Denis Healey, a twice-defeated candidate for the party leadership, remained disgusted when he wrote his memoirs a decade later.

Single-Ballot Transferable Vote Speed No time for second thoughts No chance for compromise candidate to emerge a) election at 50% of votes Certainty of a result Danger of publication of close result b) election at more than 50% of votes Result certain to be Ballot may not produce any large majority for winner winner If close result, and no candidate meets threshold, can hold second ballot Election by MPs II. Multiple Ballot System a) eliminating bottom candidate (closed system) Time to think again MPs can consider views of others between ballots Delay No possibility of compromise winner with less than four candidates Apparent copy of Labour Party system b) allowing all candidates to continue (open system) Permits emergence of compromise winner MPs can consider views of others Slow Uncertain the amount of votes required for victory.

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