Mallard to go list only

Trevor Mallard has announced he won’t stand in the Hutt South electorate next year, where he has been MP since 1993.

RNZ: Trevor Mallard won’t stand again for Hutt South

He will instead seek a place on the Labour list and said he had been given the nod from party leader Andrew Little that should Labour win the election he would be nominated for the position of Speaker of the House.

If Labour+Greens get to form the next Government and if Greens support Mallard becoming speaker and potentially if NZ First support Mallard becoming speaker.

Mr Mallard said it was up to Labour’s moderating committee to decide on list placements ahead of next year’s election.

This could be quite a risk for Mallard unless Labour improves it’s support. Last election Andrew Little only just squeaked back into Parliament via the list.

If Mallard gets back in on the list but doesn’t become speaker what will he do then? Mark time on the back bench.

Mr Mallard said his decision not to stand again in Hutt South had nothing to do with National’s Chris Bishop working hard to make some ground in the electorate.

“We’ve polled in Hutt South and I’m not convinced that Chris Bishop has made any more traction there than any other MP,” said Mr Mallard.

“In fact the local results very much parallel the national results with the significant increase for Labour since the election.”

Labour got 25% in the last election. They got 25.5% in the latest Roy Morgan poll and I didn’t see much questioning of this. They have polled in the twenties up to the low thirties since the election.

Bishop came within 709 votes of Mallard in Hutt South last election, down from 4825 in 2011. Mallard got a considerably higher vote (43.48%) than Labour (27.84%).

Bishop continues to work hard in the electorate. He recently opened an electorate office.

Mallard has put Labour into an awkward position.  He will continue to represent the electorate until the next election, so Labour’s new candidate will have to try and build a profile in his shadow.

However if Labour loses Hutt South it may give Mallard more chance of making it in via the list.

Has anyone positioned themselves solely to become the Speaker before?

Stuff earlier this month: Could ‘the everywhere man’ Chris Bishop win Hutt South off Mallard?

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7 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  26th July 2016

    Take this thread as an indicator of why you should do the right thing and take one for the team,Trev.

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  2. spanish_tudor

     /  26th July 2016

    Clem Simich was put forward as National’s nominee for Speaker before the 2005 election, and went list-only, giving up his seat of Tamaki in the process (the late Allan Peachey was duly elected as MP for Tamaki).

    National didn’t form government for another three years, and Simich retired with his goal of being made Speaker unfulfilled. I suspect the same will happen to Mallard.

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  3. Zedd

     /  26th July 2016

    methinks Mr Mallard is doing the ‘honourable thing’ & leaving is ‘safe seat’ to his Leader (list only currently) ? :/

    Reply
  4. Blazer

     /  26th July 2016

    ‘beating the…Bishop’….one for..Nelly.

    Reply

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