Story: Lange, David Russell

The new leader of the Labour Party

The new leader of the Labour Party

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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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/0459/9-F
Photograph by Ian Mackley

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How to cite this page:

Barry Gustafson. 'Lange, David Russell', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2010. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)