Labour list MP Darien Fenton
has confirmed she will leave Parliament at the general
election in September.
Ms Fenton, a former trade unionist, said she was grateful for
the opportunity to have served at Parliament for nearly nine
"I thank my party, all of my colleagues, the union movement
and particularly my union, the Service & Food Workers
Union for the opportunity I have been given."
She said she planned to "return to the coalface" to help
fight for workers' rights.
Labour leader David Cunliffe said Ms Fenton had made a strong
contribution to the Labour movement and had taken a leading
role in the developing the party's industrial relations
Ms Fenton was elected via the party list in 2005. She has
worked as the party's junior whip and labour spokeswoman.
She lost the transport and immigration portfolios in a caucus
reshuffle last week, and was now spokeswoman for tourism.
Labour MPs Rajen Prasad and Ross Robertson have already
confirmed they will not seek re-election in September.
- By Isaac Davison of
the New Zealand Herald