After a delay caused by a fire alarm going off Labour’s new lineup has been announced by Andrew Little.
Annette King is to be Little’s recommended Deputy Leader and this will be confirmed presumably by Caucus at its meeting tomorrow and Grant Robertson picks up the finance portfolio.
Labour has released the following press release:
“Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience.
“Labour has many new and highly capable MPs who have will have the opportunity to prove their ability. At the same time our senior hands will be on deck to take the fight to the National-led Government and support our upcoming stars,” Andrew Little says.
“I am pleased to announce Annette King will be my deputy for the coming year. In recent weeks she has shown how crucial her wisdom and strength is to Labour.
“Grant Robertson will be my Finance spokesperson and number three. He is one of the best performers in Parliament and is more than a match for Bill English.
“Nanaia Mahuta’s lead role in Labour regaining the Māori seats is recognised in her number four position and her reappointment as Māori Development spokesperson.
“Talented up and comers Carmel Sepuloni, Kelvin Davis and David Clark are taking on key roles and will be important members of my front bench.
“These roles will be reviewed in a year to ensure Labour has the strongest possible team to head into the 2017 election.
“This is an exciting new line up and I’m looking forward to getting down to business,” Andrew Little.