Eagle in Rongotai

Paul Eagle, currently deputy mayor of Wellington, is on track to get the Labour nomination to stand in the Rongotai electorate which virtually assures him of a safe seat.

Eagle may well be a good candidate for Labour but if he replaces Annette King that increases the difficulty Labour may have with it’s list if the party continues it’s efforts to achieve a gender balance in Parliament.

With Andrew Little, other prominent Labour MPs like David Parker and Trevor Mallard, plus apparent promises of a high placing for Willie Jackson, unless Labour increases it’s party vote significantly the rest of the top of this may need to be stacked with female candidates.

If Jacinda Ardern wins the Mt Albert by-election as expected that will even the balance a bit, she would replace David Shearer, but her list replacement will be another incumbent MP who would hope to be given a chance of returning after September’s election.

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  1. Gezza

     /  6th February 2017

    On polling so far, The Labour Party needs to decide if its (no apostrophe) priority is to achieve gender balance or get some good, sharp, MPs elected to Parliament.

    • PDB

       /  6th February 2017

      Yes – Labour is in no position to further ‘water-down’ its already incredibly shallow candidate talent pool.


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