It has been suggested this would happen for some time but now the way has publicy been cleared for Raymond Huo to return to Parliament should Jacinda Ardern win this week’s Mt Albert by-election.
Huo lost his seat in Parliament in 2014 because he was three short of the list cut-off.
Andrew Little just made the final cut at 11 on the list (electorate MPs are ranked lower but get in automatically).
There were two other ex-list MPs who were placed higher than Huo at 21 who missed the cut, Maryan Street (15) and (Moana Mackey (17).
It was a bit embarrassing for Labour to have no Asian MPs, particularly when they launched their infamous Chinese surname attack.
After the Mt Albert by-election was confirmed Mackey said she wasn’t interested in returning to Parliament.
Gisborne Herald: Moana Mackey rules out return to the Beehive
FORMER Gisborne-based Labour list MP Moana Mackey has countered conjecture she is contemplating a return to politics.
Ms Mackey said she wanted to pre-empt speculation she was planning a return to parliament following the decision of current list MP Jacinda Ardern to seek the party’s candidacy in the Mt Albert by-election.
Ms Mackey said she had always kept Labour leader Andrew Little informed and previously told him she had no desire to return to Parliament if a list place came up on the Labour list.
“I have to say I really appreciated him getting in touch with me earlier this week, in light of David Shearer’s decision, and I confirmed that was still my position.
That was in December. Interesting that Little contacted her as soon as the by-election was confirmed.
Street has taken a lot longer but has now also indicated she won’t return. From Street on Facebook:
I am happy to confirm that I will not be taking up a place in Parliament as a List MP after the Mt Albert by-election. This will pave the way for the return of Raymond Huo to Parliament, something I fully support.
I have thought long and hard about this choice and have decided that I can be just as effective on issues dear to me outside Parliament as inside – perhaps even more so.
Besides which, I have discovered weekends.
The campaign for a law change to allow End of Life Choice has gained a powerful momentum with the petition in my name to Parliament’s Health Select Committee, where submissions are still being heard. I am heartened that it has become an issue with wide support throughout the community and across the entire political spectrum. I look forward to advancing that campaign further.
My very best wishes go to Jacinda Ardern and Raymond Huo.
So the way is now clear for Huo. I haven’t seen any indication of his intentions but presume he is interested in returning.