Ruth Dyson not standing again in 2020

Labour MP Ruth Dyson has announced she will not stand for re-election in 2020.

She first became an MP in 1993 so that will make it 27 years in Parliament, but her political history dates back to 1979, forty years ago. She was Labour Party president from 1988-1993, a very challenging time for her and the party as the Labour Government flew to bits over Rogernomics.

Wikipedia:

Dyson joined the Labour Party in Westport in 1979, and worked as a campaign organiser for Labour MP Kerry Burke in the 1981 and 1984 election. In 1985, she moved to Wellington, where she worked with Labour MP Fran Wilde on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. She worked for Wilde’s re-election campaign in the 1987 election, and later held a number of senior offices in the Labour Party, including that of president.

Dyson didn’t rise to great heights in the Clarke government, being a Minister for ACC and Minister for Senior Citizens.

She is currently ranked above Trevor Mallard (the Speaker) only on the Labour website. She is Senior Whip for Labour.

So this decision is not surprising. She looks to be little more than a place holder in Parliament.

RNZ:  Ruth Dyson will not seek re-election after 27 years in Parliament

“I truly love my job and adore my electorate and constituents,” Ms Dyson said in a media statement.

“This has not been an easy decision to make, but it is one that has been made considerably easier by the fact that I am leaving at a time when Labour is strong and united, with a clear plan to deliver the policies that I have worked hard to develop.”

But Ms Dyson promises that “there are no undisclosed reasons for this decision – it’s just the right time.”

The right time may have been a term or three ago.

I don’t support term limits for MPs, some long standing MPs contribute a lot of experience and keep doing good jobs, but Dyson has had a low profile and has had a limited impact on Parliament for some time.

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15 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  4th March 2019

    seat warmer…won’t be missed.

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  2. Finbaar Rustle

     /  4th March 2019

    Thank you Ruth for your brilliant work.
    Great fighter.
    Great servant for New Zealand.
    Truly great Kiwi.

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    • Cory

       /  4th March 2019

      I agree. Although remember that ventriloquist fail…something about blonds if I remember correctly?😃

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  3. Corky

     /  4th March 2019

    “This has not been an easy decision to make, but it is one that has been made considerably easier by the fact that I am leaving at a time when Labour is strong and united, with a clear plan to deliver the policies that I have worked hard to develop.”

    Geez, she doesn’t have a clue about what’s happening around her.

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    • Ray

       /  4th March 2019

      Sounds like she has early stages of dementia if that is truly what she believes.
      She as one of the many old hands that gave stability to Labour or more deadwood depending on your point of view.

      Reply
  4. Zedd

     /  4th March 2019

    onya Ruth.. great work 🙂

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  5. duperez

     /  4th March 2019

    When you coach a rugby team you can’t just have a backline of flash Harrys with individual razzle dazzle. You need the anonymous prop who seldom runs with the ball, the sort who plays 100 games without scoring a try. The sort you might say has limited impact. The sort whose impact is in their presence in myriad situations which mightn’t be obvious.

    I don’t whether Dyson was the anonymous hard worker buried in the thick of it but over quite some years she had local support, sometimes apparently against party trends.

    The comments like ‘placeholder’ and ‘seat warmer’ beg further thought. Why wait until someone announces their retirement for the labels? How about nominating right now, while they’re in their full non-flourish, all the ‘placeholder’ ‘seat warmers’ there in March 2019.
    Maybe back it up with the informed analysis. You know, the detail of how and what they contribute, the Reuben Thorne scrutiny if you will.

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    • Clare curran is a place holder….. because shes not minister material, just WTF is she doing there……

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    • Blazer

       /  4th March 2019

      well I have done that well before she announced her retirement.

      After nearly 3 decades in Parliament/politics her record speaks for itself.The people of Port Hills electorate clearly like her…NZ’ers as a whole go Ruth who?

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  6. Blazer

     /  4th March 2019

    only thing I can recall she ever did…snapped E.B.A …the irony was…strong as the…vino.

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  7. I know someone that Ruth Dyson helped. This person approached Ms Dyson after all avenues had been explored and failed. Ms Dyson sorted the problem out smartly and an amicable solution was found. You hear a lot about how some MPs do a lot for constituents, Jim Anderton, comes to mind, but I think it is mostly hearsay. Ms Dyson, might not have achieved much in Parliament, but she did help many in her electorate. Hopefully, her replacement will be as conscientious.

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    • Blazer

       /  4th March 2019

      ‘This person approached Ms Dyson after all avenues had been explored and failed. Ms Dyson sorted the problem out smartly and an amicable solution was found. ‘

      was it a…lost dog?

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      • duperez

         /  4th March 2019

        I’ve seen a few comments today from those who one would expect in the normal run of things to be anti-Labour and if something positive about a Labour MP occurred to them about the positive qualities and contribution of the person, they’d just shut their mouths. They didn’t, they acknowledged in reasonable adult terms the good things.
        Your churlish contribution is in stark contrast, not just the actual sentiment, but the childishness of it.

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        • Blazer

           /  4th March 2019

          too bad…one vague commendation with no detail is hardly a glowing tribute to 27 years in politics.

          An over paid ,under performer in the vein of many senior managers imo.

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