Conservative Party (UK) Leadership Election, 1995 - The First and Only Ballot

The First and Only Ballot

The first ballot was as follows:

First Ballot: 4 July 1995
Candidate Votes %
John Major 218 66.3
John Redwood 89 27.1
Abstentions 8 2.4
Spoilt 4 1.2
Did not vote 2 1.2
Majority 129 39.2
Turnout 329
Major elected

Major had both an outright majority and the necessary 15% margin, but had received only three more votes than his private minimum target of 215. Had he polled lower he had made up his mind to resign outright.

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