Labour’s lineup for the next election is emerging:
The Labour Party has moved early to confirm a list of electorate candidates for next year’s election. …
Confirmed electorate candidates;
Auckland Central, Jacinda Ardern; Christchurch Central, Brendon Burns; Dunedin South, Clare Curran; Hamilton West, Sue Moroney; Maungakiekie, Carol Beaumont; Napier, Stuart Nash; Ohariu, Charles Chauvel; Otaki, Darren Hughes; Palmerston North, Iain Lees-Galloway; Port Hills, Ruth Dyson; Rangitata, Julian Blanchard; Rimutaka, Chris Hipkins; Rongotai, Annette King; Tukituki, Julia Haydon-Carr; Waitakere, Carmel Sepuloni; West Coast-Tasman, Damien O’Connor; Wanganui, Hamish McDouall.
The following have one candidate nomination received and electorate organisations are due to hold their confirmation meetings shortly:
Hutt South, Trevor Mallard; Invercargill, Lesley Soper; Mana, Winnie Laban; Mangere, Su’a William Sio; Mt Albert, David Shearer; Mt Roskill, Phil Goff; Nelson, Maryan Street; New Lynn, David Cunliffe; Te Atatu, Chris Carter; Te Tai Tokerau, Kelvin Davis.
Selections will occur over July and August in the following electorates where more than one nomination has been received:
Northcote, Paula Gillon, Richard Hills; Te Tai Tonga, Joanne McLean, Rino Tirikatene.
Farrar tries to spin the announcement as Labour “failing to rejuvenate” – kinda rich when National’s lineup is still dominated by The Hollow Men, and populated by such notable successes as Melissa Lee, Anne Tolley, Paula Bennet, Judith Collins, Gerry Brownlee and Murray McCully. (Hey David – how good are your political instincts – will you take me on for the same bet as Badger? $50 to charity of choice?)
Personality politics is always very popular, but more important than the people is the policy. As r0b pointed out a while back, the real choices between National and Labour are becoming clear. Labour is committed to:
With all due respect to the politicians, that’s the lineup that matters.