David Carter has been voted in as Speaker in Parliament this
afternoon, despite Labour's last-minute nomination of MP
The Labour Party today accused the National-led Government of
acting arrogantly in its election of Carter as Speaker and
put forward Mallard as an alternative option.
Labour leader David Shearer said National had not engaged
with his party on the issue and had failed to treat
Parliament as "the people's house."
He said John Key had falsely claimed that National had been
in contact with the Labour regarding its choice of Speaker.
Mr Shearer did not meet with National MP David Carter, who is
tipped to be the new Speaker, until yesterday.
"That was the first approach we had by Government about the
appointment of the Speaker," he said.
As a result, Labour put forward its own candidate at the
election at 2pm today.
Mr Shearer said all Opposition parties backed the choice of
Mr Mallard as a Speaker.
"Trevor Mallard is a passionate observer and participant in
Parliament. He knows standing orders back to front and he is
keen on having that job."
He said the nomination was not a stunt, and Mr Mallard
"really wants the job".
"He's a very serious candidate, perhaps the most experienced
person in Parliament at the moment."