Labour trio take on Hughes roles

Labour's Sue Moroney and David Shearer pick up Darren Hughes' education spokesman roles while Rick Barker will be chief whip, Labour leader Phil Goff announced today.

Mr Hughes' resignation from Parliament, following revelations he was being investigated about a sexual allegation, is effective from today.

An 18-year-old man made a complaint to police about an incident after a night out drinking.

Mr Hughes has denied any wrongdoing.

He was chief whip and education spokesman.

Mr Shearer is now tertiary education spokesman and Ms Moroney, current spokeswoman for early childhood education, takes on schools as well.

That mirrors the Government's split portfolios, where Steven Joyce is Tertiary Education Minister and Anne Tolley is Education Minister.

Under Labour's rules, the caucus appoints the chief whip, who is responsible for discipline, and Mr Goff decides who holds portfolios.

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