Dunedin North candidate low on the list

David Clark
David Clark
Labour Party Dunedin North candidate David Clark is under no illusions about his political future. To become an MP he has to win the electorate as he cannot rely on getting in on the list.

Mr Clark is ranked No 49 on the Labour list released yesterday.

When the Otago Daily Times called him for comment, Mr Clark was at a "cottage meeting" of constituents after spending Saturday door-knocking in Dunedin North.

"I am about where I expected to be. The general message is that if you can't win Dunedin North for Labour, don't rely on the list.

"There have been times when Labour has had 49 MPs in Parliament but I am taking nothing for granted. I am getting on with the job in hand."

Mr Clark is expected to win the electorate Pete Hodgson has held for 21 years. Mr Hodgson will retire from politics at the election on November 26.

Dunedin South MP Clare Curran is No 28 on the list but is expected to retain the electorate for Labour.

MP David Parker is fourth on the list, while Glenda Alexander, who contested the Dunedin North selection, is No 43.

Te Tai Tonga candidate Rino Tirikatene, the grandson of a former Southern Maori MP, Eruera Tirikatene, is ranked No 45. He is regarded as having a good chance of retaking the electorate for Labour from the Maori Party.

Dunedin man Tat Loo, who is standing against Finance Minister Bill English in Clutha-Southland, is No 54.

Lesley Soper, a two-time MP from Invercargill, is the most prominent southern name to not be included on the list.

The latest Roy Morgan poll on Friday showed that support for the National-led Government was up 0.5% to 55%. Support for the National Party was 51%, down 1.5%.

Support for the Opposition parties was down 0.5% to 45% with support for the Labour Party at 31.5%, down 1%. That would mean Labour would have had about 38 MPs if the election had been held on Friday.

One of the surprises was the inclusion of Rick Barker at No 25. Mr Barker has just taken over as Labour chief whip after leader Phil Goff reshuffled his front bench after the resignation of Darren Hughes.

Mr Barker was widely expected to retire from politics after losing his electorate seat to National, failing to regain it and turning 60.

Labour Party president Moira Coatsworth said yesterday the top-ranked non-MP was union leader and former party president Andrew Little (No 15) who was also the party's candidate in New Plymouth

~ Labour Party 2011 election list ~

1 Phil Goff
2 Annette King
3 David Cunliffe
4 David Parker
5 Ruth Dyson
6 Parekura Horomia
7 Maryan Street
8 Clayton Cosgrove
9 Trevor Mallard
10 Sue Moroney
11 Charles Chauvel
12 Nanaia Mahuta
13 Jacinda Ardern
14 Grant Robertson
15 Andrew Little
16 Shane Jones
17 Sua William Sio
18 Darien Fenton
19 Moana Mackey
20 Rajen Prasad
21 Raymond Huo
22 Carol Beaumont
23 Kelvin Davis
24 Carmel Sepuloni
25 Rick Barker
26 Deborah Mahuta-Coyle
27 Stuart Nash
28 Clare Curran
29 Brendon Burns
30 Chris Hipkins
31 David Shearer
32 Michael Wood
33 Phil Twyford
34 Steve Chadwick
35 Kate Sutton
36 Jerome Mika
37 Iain Lees-Galloway
38 Josie Pagani
39 Lynette Stewart
40 Jordan Carter
41 Kris Faafoi
42 Christine Rose
43 Glenda Alexander
44 Susan Zhu
45 Rino Tirikatene
46 Sehai Orgad
47 Megan Woods
48 Meaole Keil
49 David Clark
50 Richard Hills
51 Anahila Suisuiki
52 Hamish McDouall
53 Louis Te Kani
54 Tat Loo
55 Soraya Peke-Mason
56 Julian Blanchard
57 Peter Foster
58 Pat Newman
59 Julia Haydon-Carr
60 Michael Bott
61 Vivienne Goldsmith
62 Nick Bakulich
63 Chris Yoo
64 Barry Monks
65 Hugh Kininmonth
66 Jo Kim
67 Paula Gillon
68 Carol Devoy-Heena
69 Ben Clark
70 Chao-Fu Wu


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