In previous posts we have examined how much money the unions give to the Labour Party, which is the terribly small amount of $694,700 since 1996, and which unionists have won National held seats for Labour in the last twenty years (only one, Mark Gosche).
If the union movement actually helped Labour they would be expected to fund Labour, or to provide vote winning candidates to run for Labour and win seats from National.
The leading unionists to run for Labour since 1999 are Darien Fenton, Carol Beaumont, Sue Moroney, Iain Lees-Galloway and Andrew Little.
Darien Fenton was list only in 2005, and ran in Helensville in 2008. She was list only in 2011 and retired in 2014.
Carol Beaumont, the woman so useless the union movement wouldn’t take her back from Labour when they offered her, ran in Maungakiekie in 2008, 2011, & 2014. She lost each time to Sam Lotu-Iiga, and increased his majority from 1942 in 2008 to 3021 in 2011. Labour thought they had stitched up Lotu-Iiga with boundary changes before the 2014 election, nominally increasing the Labour vote by 5000, and Beaumont still managed to lose by 2,348. Read more »