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New Labour MPs first speeches

Written By: - Date published: 1:01 pm, February 14th, 2012 - 9 comments
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The four new Labour MPs make their first (“maiden”) speeches today in Parliament, starting at 5pm. Details on how to tune in are here (audio only instructions here). The speaking order is:

David Clark
Andrew Little
Megan Woods
Rino Tirikatene

I’d expect to hear some thoughtful and moving speeches. (I’ll be particularly looking forward to the speech from the new MP for my own electorate, David Clark – go David!)


9 comments on “New Labour MPs first speeches”

  1. james 111 1

    Can hardly wait Im sure they will be just riverting

  2. Te Reo Putake 2

    Andrew Little’s will be interesting, too. Despite not winning New Plymouth, I hope he will signal that he still wants to represent the ‘naki in this Parliament. I do wonder if part of the oddly large vote for the sitting Nat MP was based on the Epsom idea that they would get two MP’s, one electorate, one list.

  3. r0b 3

    An excellent speech from David Clark.  Inequality was the issue he headlined right through his campaign in Dunedin North, and it’s the issue that is going to drive him in the House.  He “gets it”.

    Edit: Strong speeches from all four. I look forward to great things from the select group, class of 2011!

  4. Jenny 4

    As the leader of the biggest private sector union for many years, the most interesting one to watch will be Andrew Little.

    His union members at Air New Zealand have taken severe hits over contracting out in the middle of their collective agreement. The same sort of attacks launched against MUNZ under their recently expired collective agreement.

    Will Andrew Little mention this latest attack on the Trade Union movement on behalf of his members and all trade unionists?


    Will Andrew Little stick with the Party Line and ignore this struggle against contracting out?

    Time will tell.

    Either way, it will be sign of what we can expect from Andrew Little’s career in Parliament.

    I hope it is the former and not the latter.

  5. Dr Livingstone 5

    We listened to all four speeches but the one that stood out for us was Dr.Megan Woods. M.P. Wigram. She has huge shoes to fill after Mabel Howard M.P. & Norman Kirk M.P. & Jim Anderton M.P. She has tremendous potential and we will be following her career. She is a great advocate for our Peoples Republic of Christchurch.!

  6. Jenny 6

    Can we expect transcripts soon?

    • Te Reo Putake 6.1

      There’s one here you’ll like. I presume the others will turn up in time. By the way, Little obviously missed the memo from Labour HQ about abandoning the wharfies to their fate. It’s almost like there never was such an instruction, but then, that’s what they’d like us to think, eh.

      • Jenny 6.1.1

        This is great news TRPAKATVoR. And bodes very well for Andrew’s future in parliament.

        I hope the current leadership of the EPMU take Andrew’s words to heart and call for all their membership to get fully in behind the Watersiders.

        To Andrew. Great one, keep up the good work.

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