Grey by-election, 1917

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Grey by-election, 1917

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Candidate Paddy Webb
Party Labour
Popular vote elected unopposed

Member before election

Paddy Webb

Elected Member

Paddy Webb

The Grey by-election of 1917 was a by-election held during the 18th New Zealand Parliament.


After the outbreak of World War I, Grey MP Paddy Webb became a leading critic of the Reform government of William Massey's policy of conscription, leading him to be briefly jailed for sedition in April 1917. In October the same year, Webb was called up for the military himself though he refused to co-operate. To back up his decision, he resigned from his seat in Parliament and challenged the government to fight a by-election on the issue in the hopes of gaining a public mandate for his decision.[1] However, Massey's government declined, refusing to make the episode a public one. As a result, Webb was returned to his seat in Parliament unopposed.[2]


  1. ^ Richardson, Len (22 June 2007). "Webb, Patrick Charles 1884 - 1950". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Scholefield, Guy Hardy (1925) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record. Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 145. 
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