The leadership elections to watch this summer

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May are staying put – for now – but which other parties are holding leadership elections this summer?

Remarkably, the leaders of the two main parties are staying in place following an election where no party won a majority. In 2015, Ed Miliband resigned soon after, as did Gordon Brown in 2010, Michael Howard in 2005, William Hague in 2001 and John Major in 1997.

Not since the days of Neil Kinnock has an election left both parties' leaders staying in their positions.

In a bad omen for May however, Thatcher stayed in power after the 1987 election, but was later replaced by John Major while Kinnock stayed on to fight the 1992 election.

So, what contests are taking place?

Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats are in the process of electing their new leader after Tim Farron declared his intentions to stand down following the election.

The deadline for nominations is the 20th July, and so far, only Sir Vince Cable has put his name forward. If no one else steps up to the challenge then Cable will subsequently be the party’s next leader.

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If someone else joins the contest then members will get to vote on who the party’s new leader is, with the deadline for return of ballots being the 11th September. The winner will be announced two days later on the 13th.


UKIP’s Paul Nutall led the party into the recent election, but the party emerged with just 1.8% of the vote. According to the North Devon Gazette, Steve Crowther is the party’s acting leader until a new leader is elected. Nominations for the position of leader close on the 28th July. Ballots will be posted to members on the 1st September, and the new leader will be announced on the 29th of that same month.

So far, a number of candidates have put their names forward in the first-past-the-post election, some of which are as follows.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Bill Etheridge MEP who has stood previously, has put his name forward. Meanwhile, the BBC has reported that UKIP’s only Scottish representative, David Coburn MEP has declared his intention to stand.

The party’s deputy leader and London Assembly Member, Peter Whittle, has also said he is running for the position, according to Westmonster. Furthermore, Anne Marie Waters, who is according to the BBC an anti-Islam campaigner, has said she is running to take the position. On this, the Huffington Post has reported that many UKIP MEPs are planning to leave the party if Waters gets elected.

The election is clearly a turning point for the party.