1997 Conservative Party leadership election

The 1997 Conservative Party leadership election was triggered in the British Conservative Party when John Major resigned on 2 May 1997, following his party's landslide defeat at the 1997 general election, which ended 18 years of Conservative Government of the United Kingdom.[1] Major had been Conservative leader and Prime Minister since November 1990.[1]

1997 Conservative Party leadership election
 1995 10–19 June 1997 (1997-06-10 1997-06-19) 2001 
 
Candidate William Hague Kenneth Clarke John Redwood
First ballot 41 (25.0%) 49 (29.9%) 27 (16.5%)
Second ballot 62 (37.8%) 64 (39.0%) 38 (23.2%)
Third ballot 90 (55.2%) 72 (44.2%) Eliminated

 
Candidate Peter Lilley Michael Howard
First ballot 24 (14.6%) 23 (14.0%)
Second ballot Withdrew Eliminated
Third ballot Withdrew Eliminated

Leader before election

John Major

Elected Leader

William Hague