Iain Lees-Galloway

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The Honourable
Iain Lees-Galloway
MP
Iain Lees Galloway.jpg
Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Michael Woodhouse
Minister of Immigration
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Michael Woodhouse
Minister for ACC
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Michael Woodhouse
Deputy Leader of the House
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Michael Woodhouse
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Palmerston North
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Preceded by Steve Maharey
Majority 6,392 (2017)
Personal details
Born (1978-09-18) 18 September 1978 (age 39)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Residence Palmerston North, New Zealand
Alma mater Massey University
Profession Union official, New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Website www.labour.org.nz/iainleesgalloway/

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. Currently, he is the Minister for Workplace Relations, Immigration, and ACC.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lees-Galloway was born on 18 September 1978[2] 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.

Professional life[edit]

Following his term as student president, Lees-Galloway worked for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation as an organiser and subsequently publicity coordinator.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th Palmerston North 48 Labour
2011–2014 50th Palmerston North 37 Labour
2014–2017 51st Palmerston North 24 Labour
2017–present 52nd Palmerston North 14 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.[3] 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.[3] He defeated the National Party candidate, Malcolm Plimmer, with a majority of 1,117 votes.

Lees-Galloway was confirmed in the 2011 election with a majority increased from 1,117 in 2008 to 3,285 in the latest election.[4][5] In the 2014 election, Lees-Galloway was challenged by the Mayor of Palmerston North, Jono Naylor, but remained successful.[6] Lees-Galloway had a majority of 2,212 votes over Naylor.[7]

During his tenure, Lees-Galloway has served as the Labour Party's spokesperson for Veteran's Affairs, Transport and, Land Information and has served associate spokesperson for Health. Prior to that, he was associate spokesperson on health (drugs and alcohol) and defence.[2] He served as junior whip for the Labour Party from 2013 to 2014.[8]

He has had three bills drawn from the member's ballot. In September 2010, his Smoke-free Environments (Removing Tobacco Displays) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot, attempting to ban the display of tobacco products and smoking accessories at points of sale.[9][10] The bill's objective was subsequently adopted in a Government bill which came into force 23 July 2012.[11] Lees-Galloway's Electoral (Adjustment of Thresholds) Amendment Bill was also drawn from the member's ballot in February 2013. It proposed amendments to the Electoral Act 1993, implementing the recommendations of the Electoral Commission with respect to the party vote threshold.[12] In October 2013, his Land Transport (Safer Alcohol Limits for Driving) Amendment Bill, was drawn and progressed to First Reading. This bill would have lowered the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) from 0.08g to 0.05g per 100mls of blood when driving.[13] The Government announced their own legislation that would do the same after Lees-Galloway's bill was drawn. The legislation was passed July 2014.[14]

As his party's spokesperson for Workplace Relations, Lees-Galloway was a leading voice alongside trade unions in the campaign to eliminate zero-hour contracts in New Zealand. In 2016, after a year and a half long campaign that involved tens of thousands of New Zealanders, industrial action by union members, parliamentary negotiations, agreements were made with the National government.[15] Lees-Galloway submitted an amendment to the Employment Standards Legislation Bill that addressed the issue and was approved overwhelmingly. The bill unanimously passed in parliament on 11 March 2016 and took effect April 2016. The legislation is thought to be one of the first laws in the developed world to end the use of deals criticised as exploitative.[16] Lees-Galloway has declared the reforms "a win for working people" of New Zealand.[17]

Lees-Galloway was elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour Party caucus following Labour's formation of a government with New Zealand First and the Greens.[18]

Private life[edit]

Lees-Galloway is married with children.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.labour.org.nz/iainleesgalloway
  2. ^ a b c "Iain Lees-Galloway". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Dykes, Mervyn (29 April 2009). "Man about the House". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Official Count Results – Palmerston North". Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Official Count Results – Palmerston North". Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lees-Galloway returned as MP". Manawatu Standard. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Official Count Results – Palmerston North". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lees-Galloway, Iain". Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Smoke-free Environments (Removing Tobacco Displays) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "House to debate banning tobacco displays in stores". New Zealand Herald. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Complete Ban on the Display of Tobacco Products | HealthEd". www.healthed.govt.nz. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bills (proposed laws)". Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bills (proposed laws)". Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Drink-drive limits lowered". Stuff. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Zero hour contracts are history". New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "New Zealand bans zero-hour contracts". RTE.ie. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Labour and National agree to scrap 'zero hour' contracts". Stuff. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  18. ^ "Who's in? Who's out?". Radio NZ. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Steve Maharey
Member of Parliament for Palmerston North
2008–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michael Woodhouse
Deputy Leader of the House
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Woodhouse
Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
2017-present
Incumbent
Minister of Immigration
2017-present
Minister for ACC
2017-present