Bye bye Clayton

Clayton Cosgrove, the man who replaced and mimicked Mike Moore but who never really delivered, is quitting parliament at the 2017 election.

Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove is to stand down at – or before – the next election.

The list MP – who had held the Waimakariri seat for four terms – said it was not a decision he made lightly. He had discussed it with his leader Andrew Little,”who understands this is about new challenges and opportunities for me”.

Cosgrove, 46, said he was elected when he was 30 and now was the right time to take the next step in his career.

“Before entering politics I held senior executive positions in business both in New Zealand and Australia, and so I feel extremely fortunate to have gained so much experience in both the private and public sector,” he said.  He was grateful to Little for promoting him into his shadow cabinet and to the two prime ministers he had worked for and with; “my close friend and mentor Mike Moore and Helen Clark”.

Cosgrove in the Clark government was at different times minister for building and construction, immigration, small business, the Rugby World Cup, and associate minister for finance and justice.

“I consider my biggest achievements as a minister included the reforming of the real estate and property sector, lifting quality in the construction sector through the licensing of building practitioners and leading the development of the business case for the redevelopment of the Rugby World Cup flagship venue – Eden Park which led to Cabinet approval of $190 million for the project.”

Rumours Cosgrove planned to step down and seek a corporate job began circulating last year, but they faded after Little promoted him.

Word has it that he was going to interviews where people were just seeing him to say no.

Clayton Cosgrove never really delivered on anything other than managing to become the world’s unluckiest minister losing three suitcases and having to replace his suits at the taxpayers’ expense.

He lost face by being defeated by Comrade Kate Wilkinson and never really recovered from the defeat.

He is out of favour in caucus; he’s barely been there anyway this term and so no one will miss him.

Andrew Little will likely use the chance to parachute in another union hack to further shore up the impression that Labour is a union-owned party.



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