Having ran Labour’s underpants stealing election strategy in 2011 and failing to recover from his biking accident sources inside Labour are saying Trev is going to retire.
David Shearer’s reshuffle almost makes that a certainty. Mallard has been tipped out of the top 20, even though he now has his sport portfolio back. Expect his trips around the countryside to increase substantially.
Two other long-serving Labour MPs – Lianne Dalziel and Trevor Mallard – have been moved out of the top 20 into the unranked portion of the caucus – Labour only ranks its top 20 MPs by number. Mr Mallard has been allocated the Internal Affairs portfolio.
The front runner to take the seat is Andrew Little who has a lot of union heavies living in the electorate and can bus in a lot more.
The talk around the beltway is that is Little is still bitter at being pulled into a war with Judith Collins at Mallard’s behest and has been making conciliatory noises across the house ever since. Him knifing Mallard for Hutt South would be just revenge.