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Election Night Midnight: GLBT MPs could double in number

Sat 17 Sep 2005 In: Features

Having more openly gay candidates then ever before has translated into a definite five, possibly six, openly gay MPs, up from the pre-election three. We check the midnight standings of all the glbt candidates. LABOUR Chris Carter, Labour, Te Atatu (sitting MP) An easy victory, gaining more than twice the votes of his nearest rival, National's Tau Henare. Tim Barnett, Labour, Christchurch Central (sitting MP) Another easy victory, with Barnett getting just under twice the votes of his nearest rival, National's Nicky Wagner. Tony Milne, Labour, Rakaia Beaten by arch-homophobe Nat MP Brian Connell by almost 10,000 votes. His low list placing means he won't be in Parliament this term. Louisa Wall, Labour, Port Waikato Beaten by incumbent Nat MP Paul Hutchinson by around 12,000 votes. At #46 on the Labour list, she is just outside of the running and hasn't made it to Parliament this term. Maryan Street, Labour, Taranaki-King Country Beaten in the conservative electorate by around 12,000 votes by Nat MP Shane Ardern, but is placed at #36 on the party list – she is in. Georgina Beyer, Labour, List, (sitting MP) Beyer retired from the Wairarapa electorate this term, a seat which has fallen to National in her absence. She is at #35 on the party list, and looks to be in. Charles Chauvel, Ohariu-Belmont Beaten by incumbent MP, United Future leader Peter Dunne by around 7,500 votes. Special votes will determine whether or not he makes it in via the Labour list - Labour need to gain only one extra seat for this to happen. NATIONAL Chris Finlayson, Mana Beaten by sitting Labour MP Winnie Laban by almost 6,000 votes. He is placed at #27 on National's party list, though, and with National's strong showing looks to be in. GREEN Luci Highfield, Rongotai Her first election race, and she came third, just ahead of one of United Future's Christian MPs, Gordon Copeland. Neither Copeland or Highfield will make it Parliament this time round – at #13 on the Green list Highfield is too far down to be counted among the six or so Green MPs that look set to make it into Parliament. MAORI Mama Tere Strickland Tahere, the transgender candidate for Manukau East, garnered a mere 239 votes compared with the winning candidate's 16,950. She was placed way down at #16 on the party list so won't be off to Wellington. - 17th September 2005    


First published: Saturday, 17th September 2005 - 12:00pm

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