1967 Palmerston North by-election

The Palmerston North by-election of 1967 was a by-election for the electorate of Palmerston North on 2 December 1967 during the 35th New Zealand Parliament. The by-election resulted from the death of the sitting member Bill Brown of the National Party on 16 October 1967. Brown had held the seat since 1960, when he won it from Philip Skoglund of the Labour Party.

1967 Palmerston North by-election

← 1966 general 2 December 1967 1969 general →
Turnout15,791 (76.39%)
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Candidate Joe Walding Gordon Cruden John O'Brien
Party Labour National Social Credit
Popular vote 6,939 6,347 2,410
Percentage 43.94 40.19 15.26

MP before election

Bill Brown
National

Elected MP

Joe Walding
Labour

The by-election was won by Joe Walding of the Labour Party, and he held the seat for the next two elections, 1969 and 1972.

ResultsEdit

The following table contains the election results:

1967 Palmerston North by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Walding 6,939 43.94 -0.56
National Gordon Cruden 6,347 40.19
Social Credit John O'Brien 2,410 15.26
Democratic Labour Jamie Wedderspoon 61 0.39
Progress J. Q. Goldringham 34 0.22
Majority 592 3.75
Turnout 15,791 76.39 -12.56
Registered electors 19,873
Labour gain from National Swing

ReferencesEdit

  • Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946–1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. p. 251. ISBN 0-475-11200-8.
  • Wood, G. A. (1996) [1987]. Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament (2 ed.). Dunedin: University of Otago Press. p. 113. ISBN 1 877133 00 0.