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Labour's election campaign

Labour's election campaign

This pamphlet was produced by the Labour Party, probably for a by-election in 1918. The pamphlet asks voters to support Harry Holland, who became the Labour MP for the West Coast seat of Grey in 1918. It refers to its political rival, the 'National government' (a coalition of the Reform and United parties), and describes the government's statements as 'cant', or hypocritical language. In the next full election, in 1919, the newly formed Labour Party won almost 24% of the vote.

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Peter Aimer, 'Labour Party - Origins of the Labour Party', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/34026/labours-election-campaign (accessed 18 February 2020)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jun 2015