Nania Mahuta

17 MP Defectors…Was Chris Carter not a liar after all Mr Goff?

Not too long ago Chris Carter stated that he had the names of 17 MP’s that were willing to vote against Phil Goff and his leadership. The Labour Leaders called him a liar and that there was no substance to his claims at all.

But it seems that he wasn’t lying at all.

Last night in the House an extraordinary event took place. What was it? The revelation that 17, that is right the same number as Chris Carter used, voted contrary (or not at all) to the way the remaining in Labour voted on the Rugby World Cup (Empowerment) Bill. National revealed the names in Parliament today.

What is interesting is the list of seventeen. Who are some of 17 defectors?

None other than:

  • Brendan Burns
  • Trevor Mallard
  • Ruth Dyson
  • Ross Robertson
  • David Shearer
  • Charles Chauvel
  • Damian O’Connor
  • Maryan Street
  • Nania Mahuta
  • Shane Jones
  • Lianne Daizel
  • Su’a William Sio
  • George Hawkins
  • Clayton Cosgrove
  • Lynne Pillay

What is even more interesting though is the fact that despite the rules stating that in the event of split party vote, the said party must IMMEDIATELY present a list of the names of each voter. It took Labour over two hours to do this, and when they did present it they tried to say that they had allowed a conscience vote on the issue as they were a “party that allowed democracy”. But this was a split vote on a “Closure Motion”

Phil Goff and the Labour party are grasping at straws now.

So, is Chris Carter is not a liar after all Mr Goff?