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 (38.2%) 66 (40.7%) 34 (20.9%)
Third ballot 92 (56.7%) 70 (43.2%) Eliminated

Leader before election

John Major

Elected Leader

William Hague


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