Long serving MP Trevor Mallard is to give up his Labour seat of Hutt South and stand for the list only at the next election.
He says he is doing this because Labour will nominate him as Speaker and he told them he had come to the view that it is very hard to be both an effective electorate MP and chair the house in an unbiased manner.
And he says the move will help the party with its process of renewal by bringing in a new MP.
That means that he is not expecting Leader Andrew Little who does not have an electorate, to stand in the seat.
Labour’s Deputy Leader Annette King appeared to confirm this last night when she told POLITIK that she did not expect Mr Little to stand in any seat.
But the move also opens the way for one of National’s young rising stars, Chris Bishop, to possibly win the seat.
It doesn’t just open the way, it makes it all but a certainty. Bishop can now indicate that Mallard’s heart is no longer in the job, and Hutt South needs an enthusiastic new MP. Read more »