web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

Little to stand in New Plymouth?

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 pm, July 1st, 2010 - 13 comments
Categories: labour - Tags:

Paddy Gower has the scoop that EPMU National Secretary Andrew Little is planning to stand in New Plymouth.

Labour high-flyer and union boss Andrew Little will launch his Parliamentary career by standing in the New Plymouth electorate.

Nominations open today, and 3 News has learned Little will put his name forward – confirmed by top-level sources in the Labour hierarchy.

But the man himself seems a little (excuse the pun) less definitive on the matter, telling NZPA:

Labour Party President Andrew Little says he may put his name forward to stand in the New Plymouth electorate but hasn’t made his mind up yet.

While just about every Labour Party president has become an MP at some stage (Bob Harvey is one of the few recent exceptions I can think off) it is unusual for a President to stand while holding the office and Little would need to handle the move carefully.

Having said that, in his ten years as the leader of the EPMU Little has shown he is capable, well organised and principled and he’d be a good asset for Labour and for the people of New Plymouth.

Of course there are already murmurings about Little as a future leader which the right are likely to be used by the right to try wedge the party. I’m not saying he wouldn’t be a good leader but it’s worth remembering how many others have been “the next leader of the Labour Party” and how few of them have actually done so. And let’s also not forget how unexpected it was that Clark would become the leader and make such a thorough job of it.

Hopefully Little will stand but he’s well known for playing his cards close to his chest so I reckon we may have to wait a while to find out.

13 comments on “Little to stand in New Plymouth?”

  1. The Voice of Reason 1

    Good news for the ‘naki, good news for Labour. The EPMU has just done a deal on the oil rigs where kiwi workers get paid aussie rates. That’s Taranaki workers actually closing the trans Tasman wage gap. No bullshit “aspirations”, just cold hard cash. I guess it might finally pay to be one of the Little People, eh?

  2. fredo 2

    Good to see Little getting on the front line. Does this mean he’ll stand down as President?

  3. Jenny 3

    Bloody good news.

    A sitting union leader in parliament.

  4. Bill 4

    Maybe some on the left would go with Hooten in reckoning that Goff is just right for Labour? (unintentional pun)

  5. Selwyn Hammond 5

    I’m not sure it’s true to say: While just about every Labour Party president has become an MP at some stage (Bob Harvey is one of the few recent exceptions I can think off).

    Here’s the list of Labour Party Presidents since 1995. How many have become MPs?
    Michael Hirschfeld
    Bob Harvey
    Mike Williams
    Andrew Little

  6. randal 6

    about time the party put up some people with nous and substance and no sexual agendas.

  7. Steven Cowan 7

    Little is a right wing careerist so being a Labour MP should be right up his alley.

    In his capacity as a a union ‘leader’ he has betrayed workers time and time again, This guy is so right wing he thinks the Alliance is ‘radical’.

    Now he wants to shaft the good people of New Plymouth.

    • Jenny 7.1

      Not true.

      After a decade of falling incomes for working people, Andrew Little was the author of the extremely popular, 5 in ’05 campaign. Which was spearheaded by his union and taken up by other unions as well.

      As a sitting union leader, now with the raised profile of parliamentary candidate, taking the example of the 10% rise accorded MPs to go on.

      Andrew is perfectly placed to revive this campaign.

      10 in ‘010

      I say.

      Go Andrew.

    • The Voice of Reason 7.2

      Top comment, Steven. What a sell out Little is.

      Firstly, forcing forty thousand Kiwi’s to ‘volunteer’ to join his so called union, and bullying them in to paying $6 a week for the privilege. And only getting then regular wage rises and defending them against bad bosses in return. What a rort.

      Not to mention ripping off oil and gas workers in Taranaki with aussie rates of pay. Pathetic. What a sell out.

      And as for thinking the Alliance is radical. Ridiculous. The only other people who think the Alliance is radical are, um, members of the Alliance.

      Yep, you’ve really hit the nail on the head, Steven. And don’t bother citing evidence of his many betrayals of working people. We’ll take your word for it, because your commitment to the workers is just so well known, nobody could possibly doubt you.

      Come the revolution, the traitor Little will be first up against the wall. Bop bop bop!

  8. Jenny 8

    3 News July 1st 2010

    Nominations open today, and 3 News has learned Little will put his name forward confirmed by top-level sources in the Labour hierarchy.

    It has been four days since this news was posted.

    Does anyone know of any update?

    • Carol 8.1

      On yesterday’s The Nation as reported by Bomber:
      http://www.tumeke.blogspot.com:

      The only thing Duncan wants is to hear Andrew Little say is he will take over from Goff, pointless question seeing as Little doesn’t even have a seat yet. Duncan is using these cheap bullshit brainfart polls to demand that Labour is over and they need to all commit suicide. Little points out Labour are doing okay in the electoral cycle, Little could have also pointed out that these polls don’t tell us what the weighting is, what the call back was or if the polls used cell phones or just land lines. The Polls are bullshit, Little should challenge Duncan on their veracity.

      It does look like Little will run in 2011 and it also looks like Duncan will be running for National in the next election as well.

Links to post

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Greens call for ring-fencing of state home proceeds
    The Government must ring-fence the proceeds of any state home sales and spend every dollar raised on more Government-built homes in order to address the housing crisis, the Green Party says.Prime Minister John Key has indicated that his first major… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    18 hours ago
  • English breaks his $6000 wages promise
    Just one month into the new year Bill English has already rowed back on his election promise of real wage rises for New Zealanders, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “During the election campaign National promised Kiwis that the average… ...
    6 days ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    6 days ago
  • National fails to produce evidence justifying attack on RMA
    The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today. The Motu group's research into the impacts of… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    6 days ago
  • RMA changes won’t knock a dollar off the cost of a new home
    The Government’s proposed changes to the RMA won’t increase the number of affordable homes or knock a dollar off the cost of building a new house, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “Tinkering with the RMA will not solve National’s housing… ...
    7 days ago
  • What is the real ‘price of the club’?
    What price is too high to join a club?  According to the current the New Zealand Prime Minister, the lives of young Kiwi men and women are a part of the package. In his latest BBC interview, John Key fails… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    7 days ago
  • Palestine – NZ talks loudly in New York, does little at home
    Even though New Zealand has been gently slumbering over the last few weeks, world affairs have been progressing at its usual break-neck speed. There have been a number of significant steps since we all disbanded from the last parliamentary year.… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    1 week ago
  • DOC debacle means hundreds may have missed out on fishing licences
    Hundreds of families and recreational fishers may have had their holidays spoiled by missing out on their fishing licences, with Conservation Minister Maggie Barry preferring instead to focus on more high profile portfolio priorities over the summer break, Labour’s Conservation… ...
    1 week ago
  • Effective action needed against pirate fishing boats
    New Zealand’s failure to detain pirate shipping vessels poaching endangered species in our region is simply not good enough, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “We send New Zealand naval vessels to the Arabian Gulf to board pirate ships there… ...
    1 week ago
  • Housing affordability crisis gets worse under National
    News that Auckland’s housing is now among the 10 most unaffordable in the world confirms the Government’s housing policy has failed, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “After six years in power, National’s housing policies have not fixed the housing… ...
    1 week ago
  • Rheumatic fever rates continue to soar despite millions spent on prevention...
    The Government’s $65 million spend on rheumatic fever prevention has made little impact on the alarmingly high rate of the disease among young New Zealanders, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Latest figures from ESR show there were 235 notified… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government wipes off $5 billion in tax debt
    Since coming to office, the National Government has written off $5 billion* in tax debt owed by more than a million, Labour MP Stuart Nash says. "There are two sides to the New Zealand economy under the National government: the… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour adds its condemnation of Paris attack
    The Labour Party adds its voice to the international condemnation of today’s shocking attack on freedom of speech in Paris, Leader Andrew Little says. “The attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper is an assault on democracy and freedom of expression.… ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Petrol retailers and importers must pass on savings
    New Zealand’s petrol retailers and importers must start passing on savings to Kiwis motorists following the dramatic drop in the price of crude oil, Labour’s Energy Spokesman Stuart Nash says. “It is great news for Kiwi drivers that the price… ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Devoy: Honour our Holocaust survivors, don’t be a bystander
    70 years ago in the early hours of the morning and in the middle of a bitter snowstorm, Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated. Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, this afternoon some incredible New Zealanders – our own Holocaust survivors… ...
    15 hours ago
  • Lyttelton Port workers vote to escalate dispute
    Members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) at Lyttelton Port today voted to escalate their industrial action. Around 200 RMTU members have been operating an overtime ban since 17 December and today they endorsed a series of full… ...
    16 hours ago
  • Newsletter – Free Press
    Welcome to the first ever edition of Free Press , ACT’s new regular bulletin. If you’re wondering why you’ve received this, we’ve used the same mailing list as Richard Prebble’s classic The Letter , and hope we can stimulate you… ...
    16 hours ago
  • Collins Picked to Return to Cabinet Before Next Election
    Judith Collins is this week picked to make a return to Cabinet before the next election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. John Key is expected to remain leader of… ...
    16 hours ago
  • The other housing crisis
    CCS Disability Action hopes Prime Minister John Key’s state of the nation speech will address the other housing crisis as well. With an aging population, the number of people who need accessible private homes and social housing is rapidly growing.… ...
    17 hours ago
  • Prisoners and the right to vote
    Arthur Taylor and other serving prisoners, will take their case to end a ban on prisoners voting to the High Court in Auckland today (27 Jan 2015) http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/264583/prisoner-voting-case-in-high-court ...
    17 hours ago
  • Public health, union, and church groups slam TPP trade deal
    As secret Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade talks resume in New York, an unusually diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups including public health, environment, union, church, development aid and other groups have written an open letter to Trade Minister ...
    21 hours ago
  • Third world fishing policies put NZ to shame
    The union representing workers in seafood processing factories has today slammed New Zealand’s fishing policies which allow our fishing resources to be exported to other countries. ...
    21 hours ago
  • Warts and all expose of Taranaki’s oil and gas
    Taranaki’s relationship with oil and gas will be examined at an Environmental and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) gathering this weekend. ...
    21 hours ago
  • Time for Maggie Barry to come clean on 1080
    National's new Conservation Minister Maggie Barrie appears to have gone into hiding over the raging controversy surrounding New Zealand's continuing use of 1080, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter. ...
    22 hours ago
  • No part of a warmongers club
    Peace Action Wellington condemns the prime minister’s commitment of military support for the US war in Iraq. Peace Action also condemns the casual and cavalier way in which the prime minister discusses joining the US-UK led war as being the… ...
    22 hours ago
  • Camp Gallipoli and RSA Commemorative ANZAC Day Event
    The Camp Gallipoli Foundation is delighted to have formed a partnership with the Returned and Services' Association (RSA) as part of the Anzac Day centenary commemorations. ...
    22 hours ago
  • Turangawaewae – Human Rights Commission e-newsletter
    Please find our new newsletter here . Highlighted stories this month: Treaty of Waitangi and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Dame Susan Devoy – Al Jazeera interview Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner – The Equal Pay Act… ...
    2 days ago
  • Election for New Labour President
    Two nominations have been received for the position of Labour Party President vacated with the recent resignation of Moira Coatsworth. A vote will now proceed, closing on February 26th. ...
    2 days ago
  • Flags to be lowered to half-mast – Monday 26 January 2015
    At the request of the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, the New Zealand Flag is to be half-masted on all Government and public buildings on Monday 26 January 2015 , to mark the death of King Abdullah bin… ...
    2 days ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere