When researching The quiet achiever – tourism I found that Labour’s spokesperson on tourism is Clayton Cosgrove. Clayton who? He seems to have been all but an invisible MP this year.
Cosgrove got some attention in last year’s election by promoting himself in the Waimakariri electorate with barely a mention of Labour. He failed to win, so is a list MP again this term.
After Andrew Little took over Labour’s leadership last year he ranked Cosgrove fairly well down the pecking order. Labour promoted New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up.
- Clayton Cosgrove, Revenue, State Owned Enterprises, Building and Construction, Earthquake Commission, Associate Finance
Not high profile portfolios. And not a high profile spokesperson – since then Cosgrove has put out only three press releases:
- Ministers must answer questions on IRD blowout
- Brownlee warned over EQC repairs but ignored them
- Nats still dragging feet on GST after 7 years
In last month’s reshuffle Cosgrove ended up ranked 18th:
Labour List MP in Waimakariri
Spokesperson for Commerce, Veterans’ Affairs, and Tourism
Associate Finance Spokesperson
After this a Dominion Post editorial – The real hope for Labour is the rising star Kelvin Davis – suggested:
Ruth Dyson, however, does not need to be retained as a future Deputy Speaker. She and other politicians, such as Clayton Cosgrove and Damien O’Connor would do the party a favour if they retired.
Being a list MP Cosgrove could quietly retire and let the next person on the list come in gain some experience. So could some of the other dead wood MPs. Labour badly needs fresh talent.
A problem with replenishment off the list is due to Labour’s poor result last election appears to be Maryan Street (3 term MP), followed by Raymond Huo (2 term MP). After that there are some new names, Priyanca Radhakrishnan and Rachel Jones.
Cosgrove isn’t the only Labour MP that would do the party a favour by disappearing officially, with Dyson and O’Connor mentioned as other candidates, plus Trevor Mallard and Clare Curran being other candidates.
Plus David Cunliffe is obviously not wanted, and Phil Goff wants out but only if he wins the Auckland mayoralty.
Most of these could qualify as Labour’s Clayton’s MPs, the MPs you have when you don’t need them.