Carter voted in as Speaker

David Carter has been voted in as Speaker in Parliament this afternoon, despite Labour's last-minute nomination of MP Trevor Mallard.

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."

Arrogance vs confidence

If Shearer has a problem with John Key being decisive and having the power to back up his decisions then he should step up his game and become a viable alternative prime minister!

Good Luck Lockwood

Like him or not Lockwood Smith has been a very able paliamentary speaker. I for one wish him the best. Labour's nomination of Mallard? Well once again the leader has had to suck up what his advisors fed to him.

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