Neil Morrison

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Neil Morrison

MP
2nd Leader of the Democratic Party
In office
1986–1988
DeputyGarry Knapp
Preceded byBruce Beetham
Succeeded byGarry Knapp
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Pakuranga
In office
1984 – 1987
Preceded byPat Hunt
Succeeded byMaurice Williamson
Personal details
Born(1938-01-11)11 January 1938
New Zealand
Died19 September 2007(2007-09-19) (aged 69)
New Zealand
Political partySocial Credit
Spouse(s)Gabrielle Morrison
Children2
OccupationMechanic

Neil Joseph Morrison (11 January 1938 – 19 September 2007) was a New Zealand politician of the Social Credit Party.

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1984–1985 41st Pakuranga Social Credit
1985–1987 Changed allegiance to: Democrats

He won the Pakuranga seat in the 1984 election by 419 votes, from two-term MP Pat Hunt. Garry Knapp retained East Coast Bays, but the party leader Bruce Beetham lost his Rangitikei seat.

In 1986 Beetham lost the leadership of the party to Morrison. On the night he was elected, the new leader implied in a TV interview that the Social Credit national dividend policy was out of date and would be dropped. This was in response to a question from the interviewer, which he might not have listened to carefully. The next day when Beetham said he was considering resigning because the new leadership was rejecting basic Social Credit philosophy, Morrison publicly retracted his comment and affirmed that the national dividend would remain an important part of Social Credit policy.

In the 1987 election Morrison was defeated by National candidate Maurice Williamson, and Knapp was defeated by another National candidate. See Social Credit Party (New Zealand).

He was a Manukau City Councillor, and about to run for re-election when he died in 2007.

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.
  • New Zealand Herald obituary
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Pat Hunt
Member of Parliament for Pakuranga
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Maurice Williamson