Geoff Braybrooke

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Geoffrey Bernard Braybrooke, QSO (4 April 1935 – 9 March 2013) was a New Zealand politician.[1] He was an MP from 1981 to 2002, representing the Labour Party. He was one of the party's more conservative MPs.

Early years[edit]

Braybrooke was born in Kent, England, and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1952. In 1952, he became a police officer in London, but in 1957, he chose to move to New Zealand and re-enter the army, serving in the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps until 1970. During his military career, he served in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam. He blamed his ill-health on the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam.[2]

After leaving the army, he became a sales manager for a pharmaceutical research company.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1981–1984 40th Napier Labour
1984–1987 41st Napier Labour
1987–1990 42nd Napier Labour
1990–1993 43rd Napier Labour
1993–1996 44th Napier Labour
1996–1999 45th Napier none Labour
1999–2002 45th Napier none Labour

Braybrooke had joined the British Labour Party when only fourteen years old, and when he moved to New Zealand, he became a supporter of the New Zealand Labour Party. In the 1969 elections, he managed Mick Connelly's campaign in the Wigram seat. He then unsuccessfully contested the seats of Franklin, Pakuranga, and Papakura in the 1972 elections, 1975 elections, and the 1978 elections, respectively. In the 1981 elections, he was finally elected MP for Napier. He held that seat until his retirement at the 2002 elections. During his career in Parliament, Braybrooke never held any ministerial roles, but did serve as Deputy Speaker and Labour defence spokesperson.[3][4]

Following his retirement from Parliament, Braybrooke was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order in the 2003 New Year Honours.[5]

Braybrooke was one of the more socially conservative members of the Labour Party. In 1985, when his fellow Labour MP Fran Wilde attempted to overturn legal prohibitions against homosexuality, Braybrooke was active in campaigning against the change, and later opposed measures promoted by National's Katherine O'Regan to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.[6] He opposed Helen Clark's rise to the Labour Party's leadership, remaining strongly loyal to her predecessor, Mike Moore. This led him to be involved in the failed discussions during 1995 & 1996 about forming a new breakaway party led by Moore.

See two obituaries for the ex-MP: [7] [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pinder, Rachel (28 September 2006). "Petition delay angers ex-MP - Local News - Hawke's Bay Today". Hawke's Bay Today. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Eason, Paul (11 March 2013). "Ex-MP campaigned for veterans rights". Stuff/Fairfax. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "National out of step on defence - Braybrooke". scoop.co.nz. 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Helen Clark Shoots Her Own Caucus Down". scoop.co.nz. 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ New Year Honours List 2003. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Former Napier MP Geoff Braybrooke dies". Hawkesbay.co.nz. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Former MP campaigned for Vietnam veterans". Stuff/Fairfax. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Shadwell, Talia (18 March 2013). "Frank MP who fought for mates laid to rest". Stuff/Fairfax. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Gordon Christie
Member of Parliament for Napier
1981–2002
Succeeded by
Russell Fairbrother