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Grant Robertson is Labour's MP for Wellington Central. He won the seat at the 2008 election with a majority of 1904 votes, and a majority of 6376 at the 2011 election. Following that general election and Annette King’s resignation as party deputy leader, Grant was elected by the Labour caucus as the new Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Grant is also Labour's Spokesperson for Employment, Skills & Training, and for Arts, Culture & Heritage, and is Convenor of the National Identity & Natural Resources Caucus Committee.
Grant was driven to run for Parliament because of his belief in social justice, and opportunity for all people to achieve their potential. He was politicised by the damage he saw done to his community by legislation such as the Employment Contracts Act, which he experienced first-hand working at a supermarket to pay his way through school and university.
At university Grant became involved in the campaign against user-pays in tertiary education, eventually becoming the President of the Otago University Students Association, and Vice President and then Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association.
After NZUSA Grant managed the New Zealand aid programme in Samoa and represented New Zealand at the United Nations in New York. He returned to New Zealand to be an advisor for Marian Hobbs as Minister for the Environment, and then in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Immediately prior to being elected Grant was working as Research Business Manager for the University of Otago in Wellington. Grant is a former trustee of the New Zealand Aids Foundation.
He lives on the boundary of the suburbs of Northland and Wilton, with his civil union partner, Alf. Grant is a keen sports fan, particularly cricket, rugby and the mighty Wellington Phoenix. He is also a fan of New Zealand music and literature, and loves cooking and movies.
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