Labour releases list for election

Notably absent . . . Clare Curran.
Notably absent . . . Clare Curran.
No newcomers are likely to make it into Parliament on Labour's new list unless the party polls almost 32 percent in September.

After delaying the announcement due to the ongoing controversy around donations from Donghua Liu, Labour released its list this afternoon.

The list has ensured that - assuming sitting electorate MPs ranked above them retain their seats - four of the first six MPs likely to get in on the list are women, which will meet the new requirement to have a caucus with at least 45 per cent women after the 2014 election.

They are Jacinda Ardern who is at No 5, Sue Money at No 10, Maryan Street at No 15, and Moana Mackey who is at No 17.

However the first newcomer on the list, Ministry of Women's Affairs policy analyst Priyanka Radhakrishnan, at No 23, won't make it into Parliament unless the party polls 31.67 per cent or more.

Assuming Ian Lees Galloway holds his Palmerston North seat, the next up would be another newcomer, Labour's Tauranga candidate Rachel Jones.

Sitting list MP Carol Beaumont has been demoted five places to No 27 and will not return to Parliament unless the party polls 33 percent or more.

Former television presenter Tamati Coffey at 30 on the list will make it into Parliament if Labour polls 34 percent or more.

Notably absent from the list are Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard and Dunedin South's Clare Curran.

Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson and Mana's Kris Faafoi had earlier said they would not be going on the list.

Trevor Mallard indicated he took himself off the list to better his colleague Kelvin Davis' chances of getting a good slot.

"I made the decision before the moderating committee met, and I hope it helped get Kelvin Davis into a better position."

Mr Mallard is MP for Hutt South and although it is a safe Labour seat, boundary changes are likely to have cut his majority. Although Mr Mallard does not rely on the list for his seat, his decision appears to be due to concern Mr Davis would be ranked below more women to ensure the 45 per cent ratio for women was maintained throughout the list.

The Herald reported last week that all of the top 20 MPs in caucus had been told to go on the list in a bid to stop any perception the male MPs were boycotting it because of that rule, which makes it harder for males to get good list slots.

Labour leader David Cunliffe said he was "delighted at the fantastic array of talented candidates who have made it onto our List".

"The skills, energy and positivity which they bring shows the excellent health which our party is in. Those candidates will be out each day promoting our messages on jobs, homes and families, and I look forward to joining them on the campaign trail," Mr Cunliffe said.

LABOUR LIST 2014

1 David Cunliffe

2 David Parker

3 Grant Robertson

4 Annette King

5 Jacinda Ardern

6 Nanaia Mahuta

7 Phil Twyford

8 Clayton Cosgrove

9 Chris Hipkins

10 Sue Moroney

11 Andrew Little

12 Louisa Wall

13 David Shearer

14 Su'a William Sio

15 Maryan Street

16 Phil Goff

17 Moana Mackey

18 Kelvin Davis

19 Meka Whaitiri

20 Megan Woods

21 Raymond Huo

22 Damien O'Connor

23 Priyanca Radhakrishnan

24 Iain Lees-Galloway

25 Rachel Jones

26 David Clark

27 Carol Beaumont

28 Poto Williams

29 Carmel Sepuloni

30 Tamati Coffey

31 Jenny Salesa

32 Liz Craig

33 Deborah Russell

34 Willow-Jean Prime

35 Jerome Mika

36 Tony Milne

37 Virginia Andersen

38 Claire Szabo

39 Michael Wood

40 Arena Williams

41 Hamish McDouall

42 Anjum Rahman

43 Sunny Kaushal

44 Christine Greer

45 Penny Gaylor

46 Janette Walker

47 Richard Hills

48 Shanan Halbert

49 Anahila Suisuiki

50 Clare Wilson

51 James Dann

52 Kelly Ellis

53 Corie Haddock

54 Jamie Strange

55 Katie Paul

56 Steven Gibson

57 Chao-Fu Wu

58 Paul Grimshaw

59 Tracey Dorreen

60 Tofik Mamedov

61 Hikiera Toroa

62 Hugh Tyler

63 Susan Elliot

64 Simon Buckingham

 

Saving face

This is nothing more than saving face for Clare. Having a low list ranking is worse than not having one at all.

 

Disappointing for Labour's future

Labour needs to rejuvenate. It can't do this with little or no new blood. A party that fails to do this will take longer to return to power. 

Added to this is Labour's messing about with this Chinese businessman, along with National. This  tells us they play the same  putrid game as the Nats. What hope do we have to turn the cynicism of politics around with these two old parties? 

Disappointing

David Cunliffe & the Labour Party have made a big mistake by not including Clare Curran on their list. Feels like they're neglecting our city.

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