There was also elections for leader and deputy leader of the Socialist Labour Party in which Socialist Labour MPs were the only eligible voters. The candidates for leader were Barbara Castle, Hugh Gaitskell and Edward Shackleton. Fred Peart, the acting leader, decided not to stand for election as leader. Instead he stood for deputy leader. The other candidates for deputy leader were Patrick Gordon Walker and Tom Fraser. Both elections were held on Thursday 23 June 1960. If no candidates received more than half the votes, the third placed candidates would be eliminated and there would be a second round a week later. The result of the ballot for leader was as follows: Edward Shackleton: 72 Barbara Castle: 38 Hugh Gaitskell: 25. The deputy leadership election result was as follows: Fred Peart: 77 Tom Fraser: 41 Patrick Gordon Walker: 17. Therefore Edward Shackleton and Fred Peart were elected leader and deputy leader respectively.