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02-10-04, 03:23

1983: 'Dream ticket' wins Labour leadership

Neil Kinnock has been elected leader of the Labour Party.

He succeeds Michael Foot after a highly successful election where he gained a clear majority in votes cast by all three sections of Labour's electoral college.

The electoral college is comprised of the parliamentary party, the constituency party and the trade unions. Mr Kinnock took 71% of the vote.

Roy Hattersley joins him as deputy. An unexpected shift in support from the unions helped him defeat the left-wing contender Michael Meacher.

The new Kinnock-Hattersley partnership is perceived by many within the party as the centre right and "soft" left alliance that could be Labour's "dream ticket" to government in the next general election.

Full old story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/2/newsid_2486000/2486483.stm)