Trevor Mallard’s last punch up

Richard Harman at Politik reports

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. 

However Mallard said last night that a large recent poll showing an 8% swing to Labour in the seat since the last election reinforced his view that the seat would be held by Labour.

Uhuh.  A large recent poll.   Paid for by whom?  Done by whom?  And just for Hutt South?  Pull the other one Trev.

Mr Mallard said he had spoken to Party President Nigel Haworth and Leader Andrew Little about his decision and he was confident he would be put in a “winnable” position on the list.

Annette King however stressed that any final decision on Labour’s list would be made by its moderating committee.

Mallard is currently an Assistant Speaker in Parliament and has been making it clear that he would like the top job if Labour got back into power.

Anything is possible, but it isn’t probable.

He was a controversial choice though, given his reputation as something of Parliamentary bad boy who had often been thrown out of the Chamber and once punched National MP, Tau Henare in one of the Debating Chamber lobbies over remarks Henare made about Mallard’s private life

But when he was nominated fopr Assuistant Speaker, Gerry Brownlee few MPs knew Parliament’s rules like Mallard did, saying: “He is at heart a true Parliamentarian.”

Hutt South will not appreciate being abandoned after all this time.

Bishop is grinning from ear to ear.


Richard Harman, Politik

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