News: James Cranwell Wins Leadership Battle

2nd October 1988: Far Left Labour MP James Cranwell was the shock winner of the 1988 Labour leadership battle, ousting Prime Minister Neil Kinnock in the second round of voting. An ex-member of Militant Tendency, Cranwell was regarded as a black horse in the contest entering as a third candidate at the eleventh hour. Following the defeat of Tony Benn in the first round of voting, Cranwell was able to obtain enough support to overturn Kinnock's first round lead and claim victory. Following the leadership victory Cranwell was appointed Prime Minister.

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