In 1983 David Lange supplanted Bill Rowling as leader of the Labour Party. He and fellow MPs Roger Douglas, Michael Bassett, Richard Prebble and Mike Moore had unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow Rowling in 1980. Lange’s second tilt at the leadership followed stomach-stapling surgery and an appearance makeover, involving a new hairstyle and glasses, and smart suits.
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Barry Gustafson. 'Lange, David Russell', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2010. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/6l1/lange-david-russell (accessed 2 March 2021)