Leighton was born in Lower Hutt, lived in both Invercargill and Northland and attended Secondary school in Auckland, so he has a real affinity with all of New Zealand. He farmed for a few years before completing a building apprenticeship in Auckland. When he was 23 he started his own building business,  later moving to Rangiora. Twenty five years later, he is still a builder, running the same business.

Over the past 20 years or more he has had the opportunity to invest in the lives of young people teaching them how to find their strengths through trades training and in particular he spent 6 years as a trade tutor. He is 50 years of age, married, with 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. He has been politically active for the past 10 years, and part of the Conservative Party Board since its foundation.

His aim, as leader of the Conservative Party is to find a way to make the government do a health check on our democracy. He wants them to identify and correct the root causes of both Child abuse and child poverty in New Zealand.  Someone needs to ask some honest and real questions around social policy, housing and justice.”

Here is a video of Leighton talking about accountability on the construction site and likening it to Government.





















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