The 2010 Leadership election for the Social Liberal Party took place after the resignation of Chris Huhne owing to the party's loss of power in the preceding general election and produced a victory for former Minister of Finance Vince Cable

2007 United Kingdom 2015
Social Liberal Party leadership election
20 August 2010 (2010-08-20) – 3 September 2010 (2010-09-03)
Candidate 'Vince Cable' David Laws Danny Alexander
First preferences 31.52% 35.03% 20.03%
Two-party-preferred vote 55.8% 44.1%

Candidate Lynne Featherstone
First preferences 13.41%
Two-party-preferred vote

Previous Leader
Chris Huhne

Vince Cable


Vince Cable, Minister of Finance in the previous government and Member of Parliament for Twickenham and Ealing

David Laws, Minister for Education in the previous government and Member of Parliament for Somerset

Danny Alexander, Minister for Work and Pensions in the previous government and Member of Parliament for The Highlands

Lynne Featherstone, Junior Minister for Equalities in the previous government and Member of Parliament for Haringey and Hackney


Social Liberal Party Leadership Election Results
Candidate Number of Votes Percentage Of Votes Second Round Votes Second Round Percentage Third Round Votes Third Round Percentage
David Laws 29,281 35.03 31,234 37.37 40,047 55.8 Eliminated
Vince Cable 26,342 31.52 32,123 38.43 43,047 44.1 Elected
Danny Alexander 16,745 20.03 20,222 24.20 Eliminated
Lynne Featherstone 11,211 13.41 Eliminated

Deputy Leadership Election

The resignation of Deputy Leader Simon Hughes prompted a concurrent deputy leadership election.

2006 United Kingdom
Social Liberal Party deputy leadership election 2010
3 September 2010 (2010-09-03) – 5 September 2010 (2010-09-05)
Candidate Malcolm Bruce Geoff Scott Alan Reid
First preferences 94 76 51
Two-party-preferred vote 134 87

Incumbent Deputy Leader
Simon Hughes

Deputy Leader-elect
Malcom Bruce

The Deputy Leadership election saw the victory of Party Veteran Malcolm Bruce, defeating Geoff Scott, viewed as the leader of the party's right wing and long time rebel against the Social Liberal party line within the Senate.

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