George Murphy (Canadian politician)

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George Murphy
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for St. John's East
In office
October 27, 2011 – November 5, 2015
Preceded by Ed Buckingham
Succeeded by District Abolished
Personal details
Political party New Democrat (2010-2015)
Liberal (2003-2010)
Residence St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

George Murphy is a Canadian politician, who served in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from the 2011-2015.[1] A member of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party, he represented the electoral district of St. John's East.

Politics[edit]

Murphy first ran for election as a Liberal candidate in the district of St. John's East in the 2003 general election where he placed second with 14.56% of the vote.[2]

In November 2010 Murphy decided to leave the Liberal party and run for the NDP nomination in the Conception Bay East-Bell Island by-election.[3] Murphy placed second and received 26.14% of the vote.[4]

In the 2011 provincial general election Murphy ran as the NDP candidate in St. John's East. Murphy garnered 52.11% of the vote to win the seat.[5]

On June 22, 2015, Murphy announced he would not be reoffering in the 2015 election.[6] Part of Murphy's district of St. John's East had been redistricted with fellow NDP MHA Lorraine Michael's seat; Michael successfully ran in the new district. Murphy returned to his previous career as a taxi driver following the 2015 election.[7]

Murphy has been the spokesperson of the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices since 2006.[8] Murphy distanced himself from the NDP after leaving office.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     NDP George Murphy 2,766 52.11%
Progressive Conservative Ed Buckingham 2,175 40.98%
Liberal Michael Duffy 367 6.91%
By-Election - December 2, 2010 On the death of Dianne Whalen, October 3, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative David Brazil 2,638 66.28% -5.51%
     NDP George Murphy 1,043 26.20% +15.96%
Liberal Joy Buckle 299 7.51% -10.46%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative John Ottenheimer 4,151 69.85
     NDP Bruce Clarke 864 14.54
Liberal George Murphy 862 14.50
     Independent Steve Durant 66 1.11

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