Andrew Little has undertaken a minor reshuffle of the Labour caucus, here’s the RNZ summary:
Labour reshuffles caucus team
David Parker becomes Labour’s foreign affairs spokesperson, taking over from departing MP David Shearer, and new arrival Michael Wood gets the consumer affairs role in Labour’s caucus reshuffle.
The party has also created ‘New Economy’ portfolio which will be held by Mr Little and focuses on the future wealth of the economy through innovation and productivity.
An excellent development.
…Chris Hipkins adds all the associate delegations of tertiary education held by Mr Cunliffe to his overall Education duties. He will be stepping down from his Senior Whip role. Kris Faafoi will be nominated as his replacement and would also keep the Shadow Leader of the House role.
Mr Parker takes over foreign affairs from Mr Shearer. Stuart Nash gains state-owned enterprises and will also be the new spokesperson for Innovation and science, and research and development.
Iain Lees-Galloway will be the new defence spokesperson. Dr Megan Woods adds state services to her duties while Clare Curran takes over ICT and moves into the Shadow Cabinet.
Parker is a great pick for foreign affairs.