Glenn Brookes

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Glenn Brookes
MP
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for East Hills
Assumed office
26 March 2011
Preceded by Alan Ashton
Majority 0.6 points
Personal details
Born Bankstown, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party

Liberal Party (2011–16, 2017–present)

Independent (2016–17)
Spouse(s) Kharen Brookes
Children Two
Residence Bankstown, New South Wales
Occupation Politician
Website Parliamentary webpage

Glenn Edward Brookes, an Australian politician, is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing East Hills for the Liberal Party from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, he resigned from the Liberal Party after questions were raised about his 2015 campaign, but he rejoined the party in 2017.[1]

Early years and background[edit]

Brookes was born at Bankstown Hospital and attended East Hills Primary and High Schools. Leaving school at a young age, he built a successful large business, Sydney Signs, in a monopoly market. He now manages several companies.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 2004, Brookes was elected to serve as a councillor on Bankstown City Council and continues to hold this position.[3] He first ran for East Hills in the 2003 NSW election, losing to incumbent Labor member Alan Ashton who achieved 68.5 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.[4] He ran again for East Hills at the 2007 NSW election, losing again to Ashton, on a two-party preferred margin of 64.1 per cent for Labor. Brookes was the recipient of a 3.8-point increase in support from the 2003 election.[5]

In 2011, Brookes again contested East Hills; Ashton was again his main competitor. Brookes defeated Ashton, with a swing of 14.3 per cent, winning the seat from Labor for the first time in history, and holding the seat with 50.6 per cent of the two-party vote.[5] East Hills is the second most marginal government seat in New South Wales behind neighbouring Oatley.[6][7] Since the seat of East Hills was created in 1953, up until the 2011 NSW election, it had been held continuously by Labor, represented by only three Members of Parliament.[5] On 21 March 2016, Brookes resigned from the Liberal Party to sit as an independent after his election campaign manager was charged with electoral offences.[8] He later rejoined the party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Glenn Edward Brookes, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Glenn Brookes". Member for East Hills. Liberal Party. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Councillor Glenn Brookes". Your Councillors. City of Bankstown. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Green, Antony (11 April 2007). "East Hills". NSW Votes 2007. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Green, Antony (4 April 2011). "East Hills". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "The battle for East Hills: Libs and ALP cliffhanger". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. News Limited. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "At least four NSW seats still in doubt". Sky News Australia. Australian News Channel Pty Ltd. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Liberal MP Glenn Brookes stands down after 'paedophile lover' smear campaign". The Guardian. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Alan Ashton
Member for East Hills
2011–present
Incumbent