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John Robertson (New Zealand politician born 1875)

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Preceded by  William Hughes Field
Political party  Labour Party
Party  New Zealand Labour Party
Succeeded by  Garnet Mackley
Died  1952, New Zealand
Preceded by  George Sykes
Role  New Zealand Politician
Name  John Robertson

John Robertson (New Zealand politician born 1875)

Succeeded by  William Hughes Field

John Robertson (1875–1952) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


Early life

Robertson was born in Scotland, and was a watchmaker. He was a founder member in 1892 and later Secretary of the Independent Labour Party in Britain. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1902.

Political career

He represented the Otaki electorate from 1911, when he was elected on the second ballot with Reform Party support, having been nominated by the flax-workers union. He stood Labour Party. though was also endorsed by the New Zealand Socialist Party.

Robertson was the only sitting Labour MP who supported the formation of the Social Democratic Party in 1913 and joined the party. He ran for re-election in Otaki in 1914, but he was defeated by William Hughes Field of the Reform Party. During the 1914 election, Robertson was the Social Democrat's representative in distributing servicemen's votes as he was their most senior MP at the time.

Robertson was the candidate for the Labour Party in the Riccarton electorate in the 1919 election, but came last of the three candidates.

Later he represented the Masterton electorate for the Labour Party from 1935 to 1943, when he was again defeated. He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 31 January 1946 and served until its abolition on 31 December 1950.


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