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Iain Lees-Galloway

Iain Lees-Galloway
MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Palmerston North
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Preceded by Steve Maharey
Majority 1,117 (2008)
3,285 (2011)
2,212 (2014)
Personal details
Born (1978-09-18) 18 September 1978
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Residence Palmerston North, New Zealand
Profession Union official, New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Website .nz.coiainleesgalloway

Iain Francis Lees-Galloway (born 18 September 1978), initially Iain Galloway, is a politician from New Zealand. Since the 2008 general election, he has represented the Palmerston North electorate in Parliament for the Labour Party, succeeding Steve Maharey.

Early life

Lees-Galloway was born on 18 September 1978[1] in Auckland, where he attended Kings College. He moved to Palmerston North to study at Massey University where he was president of the Massey University Students' Association in 2005. His parents, who are beef farmers, are firm National Party supporters.[2]

Professional life

Following his term as student president, Lees-Galloway worked for the [2]

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th Palmerston North 48 Labour
2011–2014 50th Palmerston North 37 Labour
2014–present 51st Palmerston North 24 Labour
Lees-Galloway leading a protest march

Lees-Galloway joined the Labour Party in 2005 and became chairman of the Palmerston North branch in the following year.[2] He was selected as successor to retiring MP Steve Maharey, who became Vice Chancellor of Massey University, in a contested Labour Party selection for the 2008 election.[2] He defeated the National Party candidate, Malcolm Plimmer, with a majority of 1,117 votes. Lees-Galloway was Labour's spokesperson on land information and defence, and associate spokesperson on transport and health. Prior to that, he was associate spokesperson on health (drugs and alcohol) and defence.[1]

In September 2010, his Smoke-free Environments (Removing Tobacco Displays) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[3][4] As of October 2011, the bill is still awaiting its first reading.[5]

Lees-Galloway was confirmed in the 2011 election with a majority increased from 1,117 in 2008 to 3,285 in the latest election.[6][7] Currently he is the Labour Party's junior whip, spokesperson for ACC and associate health spokesperson.

In the 2014 election, Lees-Galloway was challenged by the Mayor of Palmerston North, Jono Naylor, but remained successful.[8] Lees-Galloway had a majority of 2,212 votes over Naylor.[9]

Private life

Lees-Galloway is married with children.[1]

References

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External links

  • Official website
  • Page on New Zealand Parliament website
  • Page on New Zealand Labour Party's website
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Steve Maharey
Member of Parliament for Palmerston North
2008–present
Incumbent
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