By Thomas Quinn
The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats every one let their individuals to take part within the collection of the occasion chief. It additionally examines the implications of all-member ballots in management elections. It appears to be like at how events get rid of leaders, exhibiting that every of the main British events sought to make it tougher to evict incumbents.
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These differences, and their consequences, can be gleaned by looking at each of the main parties in turn. Labour Party Labour’s system of parliamentary ballots for leadership elections was relatively simple. When the party was in opposition, there would be a leadership contest every year in the autumn, provided that a candidate came forward to challenge the incumbent. That was rarely the case: challenges occurred in 1922, 1960 and 1961. There were no provisions for leadership contests when the party was in government, because of the need for governmental stability.
The major parties usually have certain important ﬁgures sitting on their backbenches, such as former ministers. The most senior of these may have the authority to 30 Electing and Ejecting Party Leaders in Britain offer such leadership. Alternatively, backbench plots can be assisted by the presence of former whips within their ranks. Whips learn the importance of collecting information in order to head off trouble for the leader. 49 Wherever leadership comes from, it can assist unorganised plotters in reducing their mobilisation costs.
However, politicians will be wary of joining a venture that could harm their careers if it goes wrong. They will normally need to be convinced that others will join in too, as there is greater safety in numbers. That is not easy, as many politicians may be cautious in revealing their true opinions lest the leader’s allies ﬁnd out. The rival coalition will have to expend more time and effort discovering the opinions of colleagues. It may also need to work in conditions of secrecy, but that will slow down and hinder the attempt to mobilise against the leader.
Electing and Ejecting Party Leaders in Britain by Thomas Quinn