|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
for Green party list
30 October 2009 - 23 September 2017
|Co-convenor of the Green Party|
Serving with Catherine Delahunty
|Paul de Spa|
|Born||11 September 1955|
Helensville, New Zealand
|Political party||Green (1990-2017)|
David James Clendon (born 11 September 1955) is a New Zealand politician and former member of the Green Party. Following the resignation of Sue Bradford, Clendon became a member of the House of Representatives on 2 November 2009.
Along with MP Nándor Tánczos, former MP Mike Ward and 2005 election campaign manager Russel Norman, Clendon contested the Green's male leadership role in 2005 after the unexpected death of co-leader Rod Donald, saying that it made sense to "appoint an out-of-Parliament leader, rather than stretch the sitting MPs even further." Norman won the leadership after a vote at a party AGM in June 2006.
|New Zealand Parliament|
In the 2008 general election Clendon was ranked tenth on the Green list and stood as a candidate in the Helensville electorate, coming third with 5.96% of the electorate vote. Following the resignation of list MP Sue Bradford, Clendon entered Parliament as he was next on the Green party list. He became a Member of Parliament on 2 November 2009  and delivered his maiden speech to Parliament on 17 November.
A private member's bill in Clendon's name was drawn from the ballot in February 2010. The Smart Meters (Consumer Choice) Bill would require that domestic power users be advised on the options available for the use of smart meters in their homes. It was voted down by the Government later that year.
In the 2011 election, Clendon unsuccessfully contested the Mount Albert electorate but was re-elected as a list MP ranked eighth. In the 2014 election, he stood in the Northland electorate and was re-elected as a list MP ranked eleventh. He did not contest the 2015 Northland by-election, but was planning to stand in the seat again in the 2017 election.
On 7 August 2017, Clendon and fellow Green Party MP Kennedy Graham announced that they were planning to resign as Green Party candidates for the 2017 election, after revelations that Party co-leader Metiria Turei committed benefit and electoral fraud. Graham and Clendon stated that their resignations were due to the public positions she had taken regarding her offending, and her subsequent refusal to step down from her leadership role. The next day, both Clendon and Graham resigned from the Party caucus, after there were moves to remove them involuntarily. On 9 August 2017, Turei resigned as co-leader of the Party and as a list candidate for the 2017 election.
Clendon was the Green Party's spokesperson on the Auckland Supercity, Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Corrections, ICT, Resource Management Act, Small Business, Tertiary Education, Tourism, M?ori Affairs and Research Science and Technology.