The influence of legislators’ endorsements in party leadership elections

Chris Hanretty

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    In the 2010 election for the post of leader of the British Labour party, almost all members of parliament endorsed one of five leadership candidates. I investigate the effect of these endorsements on the votes cast for candidates in each Westminster constituency. I find that an MP’s endorsement caused an average increase of 7.5 percentage points in the vote share of the endorsed candidate in that MP’s constituency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)454–466
    Number of pages13
    JournalBritish Politics
    Issue number4
    Early online date5 Jul 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


    • Labour
    • Leadership elections
    • Ed Miliband
    • Constituency parties

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