Leslie Walter (Les) Gandar (26 January 1919 – 16 December 1994) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.
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He represented the Manawatu electorate from 1966 to 1972, then Ruahine from 1972 to 1978. He was defeated in 1978 for the new Rangitikei electorate by Bruce Beetham. Beetham had won the electorate in the Rangitikei by-election, held earlier in the year on 18 February 1978 after the death of Sir Roy Jack. National planned that Gandar would take over the new electorate at the November general election, and stood an interim candidate, local Jim Bull, in the by-election. But, to general surprise, Beetham won the by-election for Social Credit.
Gandar was a cabinet minister in the Second National Government of New Zealand holding the Education portfolio (1975–1978), and from 1979 to 1982 was the New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
- Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
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|Member of Parliament for Manawatu
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|Minister of Education
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