Christchurch Central by-election, 1979

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Christchurch Central by-election, 1979
New Zealand
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Turnout 9,578
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Candidate Geoffrey Palmer Terry Heffernan David Duncan
Party Labour Social Credit National
Popular vote 6,149 1,759 1,634
Percentage 64.20% 18.37% 17.06

Member before election

Bruce Barclay
Labour

Elected Member

Geoffrey Palmer
Labour

The Christchurch Central by-election of 1979 was a by-election during the 39th New Zealand Parliament. It was prompted by the death of Bruce Barclay, a Labour Party MP, and resulted in Geoffrey Palmer, also of the Labour Party, being elected to replace him for the seat of Christchurch Central.[1] Palmer would eventually go on to become Prime Minister.[2] The by-election was somewhat embarrassing for the National Party, whose candidate was pushed into third place by Social Credit's Terry Heffernan.

Results[edit]

The following table gives the election results:

Christchurch Central by-election, 1979[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoffrey Palmer 6,149 64.20 +3.03
Social Credit Terry Heffernan 1,759 18.37 +9.02
National David Duncan 1,634 17.06 -8.55
Tory S A Sadler 26 0.27
Economic Euthenics Tubby Hansen 10 0.10
Majority 4,390 45.83 +10.27
Turnout 9,578
Labour hold Swing +11.58

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 182.
  2. ^ "Geoffrey Palmer". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.