Moroney jumps ahead of Labour list release

Sue Moroney is quitting before she is effectively dumped by Labour after being given an ‘unelectable’  party list position and being told that  “she had lost support from the party’s ruling council”. Ouch.

She must also not rate her chances of winning an electorate.

RNZ: Labour to release party list

A party list ranks MPs and it dictates who will get a seat in Parliament, depending on the result of the party vote at the election.

Labour’s moderating committee has to follow party rules, including ranking the list to make sure half of the caucus are women.

That has to be balanced against the leader Andrew Little’s promise to give Willie Jackson a high list position, and the fact that Mr Little and the senior MP Trevor Mallard are also list-only candidates.

David Parker is also a list MP, and is the only Labour MP with experience as a minister in government.

There’s already been one casualty, with MP Sue Moroney announcing she will stand down, after failing to get an electable position.

She said she was told last night she had lost support from the party’s ruling council.

But pre-empting this: Moroney to quit politics after lower list ranking

She said she made the decision after she was not ranked high enough on the party list.

Ms Moroney has been an MP since 2005 and was the party’s chief whip while David Cunliffe was leader in 2013 and 2014.

There’s already been one casualty, with MP Sue Moroney announcing she will stand down, after failing to get an electable position.

She said she was told last night she had lost support from the party’s ruling council.

Labour leader Andrew Little said he understood her reasons for standing down and that her contribution to the Labour caucus would be missed.

Moroney is currently ranked 16 by Labour but apart from Trevor Mallard (at 24) all the other MPs below her are electorate MPs.

Her record:

  • 1996 contested Karapiro, 31 on list (unsuccessful)
  • 2005 contested Piako, 42 on list, became a list MP
  • 2008 contested Hamilton East (lost by 8,820), 22 on list
  • 2011 promoted to front bench by Phil Goff
  • 2011 10 on list
  • 2013 appointed Chief Whip by David Cunliffe
  • 2014 10 on list

She was not rated as highly by Little when he became party leader, and has now been told to bugger off by the Labour council.

It will be interesting to see the Labour list, with a party requirement to have a reasonable gender balance.

This may have been tricky with Little, Parker and Mallard relying on the list as well as an apparent promise of a winnable list position for Willie Jackson.

Currently 12 of Labour’s 31 MPs are female, with Moroney and Annette King not standing again.


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  1. Pete Kane

     /  1st May 2017

    “She must also not rate her chances of winning an electorate.” Which is the story of more than a decade. I mean she is Hamilton city not Waikato rural.

    • As far as I can see she tried once in Hamilton east in 2008 and has relied on the list since then.

      The list is a very risky proposition for any Labour MP. Last election Moroney was at 10, Little was one behind at 11 and only just squeaked in.

      • Pete Kane

         /  1st May 2017

        Gezza the down ticker got his assigned days mixed up. The Craig/Williams story was yesterday (funny how they brought Bob Jones in as well).

      • Missy

         /  1st May 2017

        She contested Hamilton West in 2011 & 2014, but was unsuccessful. She is not very popular in Hamilton.

        • Thanks, I thought she had stood in Hamilton again but couldn’t see her under Hamilton East after 2008.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  1st May 2017

            She’s not very popular, full stop, A man I know, who knows the family well said that she is the rudest person he has ever met. He is a very tolerant man, so if he says it…..he says that the others are all right !

            I was at a ‘meet the candidates’ meeting once. Ms Moroney was nearly chucked out for constantly and rudely interjecting and contradicting when the Act, National and NZ First people were speaking. She was given a final warning, and told that if she did it again, she would have to leave. After this, she contented herself with making faces (very mature), rolling her eyes, disbelievingly shaking her head and mouthing ‘Whaaatttt ????’ as they spoke. It was the sort of thing that a primary school child would do.

            I have seen her at events and she really does seem to think that the whole point of these is to honour her-she’s dreadful. Conceited, rude and objectionable. I see her on the news, smirking and sycophantically grinning when the Labour leader says anything.

            • Blazer

               /  1st May 2017

              ‘A man I know, who knows the family well said that she is the rudest person he has ever met. ‘….hilarious…!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  1st May 2017

              He doesn’t think so ! He’s a farmer and the family are farmers-I think that there’s some connection with horses as well. I can’t say any more or he could be identified. But he is a very tolerant person who doesn’t say these things lightly.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  1st May 2017

              Louisa Wall was at the same meeting and must have been going hot and cold with embarrassment. She came across really well, a great contrast to Sue Moroney.

              Every so often, someone would be unable to resist altering the posters that read

              LABOUR (tick)

              MORONEY (tick)

              by neatly covering the ‘ey’ up with red. No, I didn’t, tempting as it was.

              The Green candidate put himself at an unnecessary disadvantage by coming looking very sloppy and barefoot-he made a great mystery (yawn) out of his being barefoot which was silly, as nobody was interested. If he’d said that he’d burned his feet (or whatever) so couldn’t wear anything on them and left it at that, it would have been better than rambling on and on. He also guffawed loudly when the other candidates (not Labour) announced themselves. This made him sound very silly indeed. He did very badly in the election-no wonder.

  2. Strong For Life

     /  1st May 2017

    Ms Ruth Dyson (Port Hills) has also been a Minister.

    • Thanks, I’ll update.

      It’s easy to forget about Dyson these days, she tends to stay out of the news.

      She is currently ranked 25th and outside the shadow cabinet.

      okesperson for Women’s Affairs
      Spokesperson for Statistics
      Associate Ethnic Communities (South Island) Spokesperson

      Very low profile responsibilities.

  3. Zedd

     /  1st May 2017

    looks like a ‘clear out’ on all sides, maybe coming ?

    btw; Ms Moroney did some good work on paid parental leave.. shame this Govt. did not support her on it 😦

    • Corky

       /  1st May 2017

      The government shouldn’t be in the business of funding peoples breeding programs, Zedd%.
      They already get enough taxpayer money.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  1st May 2017

        She wanted an absurd amount.

        She also-and I am not making this up-said that the temps (who would come from who knows where to take the place of the women on paid leave) would be charged a higher rate of tax to contribute to the cost of the leave !!! Yes, she said that.

        Who on earth would agree to work for less than the other workers doing the same work so that someone else can have time off ? I can’t believe that anyone would imagine that this would work-or that any government would be mad enough to do it.

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