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Raymond Huo resigning at election

Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, July 21st, 2020 - 15 comments
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Amid a bevy of scandals from National, and during a SFO investigation into the Labour Party’s donations, Raymond Huo has announced he no longer intends to contest a list seat for the 2020 election. He was ranked 26th on last month’s announcement of the Labour Party list, and like Jian Yang, although to a lesser degree, has attracted criticism from China experts such as Anne-Marie Brady as overly associated with China’s one-party CCP government.

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15 comments on “Raymond Huo resigning at election ”

  1. Matthew Whitehead 1

    Note that at 26th on the list, he would have been the 10th elected from the Labour list with the expected electorate wins as of the latest Roy Morgan poll, putting him in a very secure position to be an MP, so this retirement is Huo deciding to or being convinced to give up a virtually guaranteed seat in Parliament.

  2. Well, while he didn't attract the odium like Jian did, I won't be sorry to see the last of possible CCP influence, real or imagined, in our parliament.

    Which is not to suggest other members can't be bought by the CCP.

    • Hanswurst 2.1

      Which is not to suggest other members can't be bought by the CCP.

      Why did you suggest it then?

    • Nick K 2.2

      Another slur on a human being of Chinese origin from the left of politics in New Zealand (remember Phil Twyford's Chinese names debacle?) with no evidential basis whatsoever.

      I happen to know Raymond, and worked with him for two years. He's a thoroughly decent guy and often, in conversation, criticised the harsh regime from his mother country.

      I am really sick and tired of racial prejudices. You belong in Winston's party.

      • Good on him then, for privately criticising the harsh regime of his mother country.

        However, I haven't heard or read anything he's said in public! He's spoken to the United Front often enough – a great place to say a few harsh things about the CCP.

  3. Gabby 3

    Nice parting burn on the prickster though.

  4. Shanreagh 4

    Great parting shot!

  5. Robert Guyton 5

    "'Each time I saw Nick Smith's face, it's a reminder that it's about time for me to retire from politics.'"

    So much more personality than his Natty equivalent!

    • Matthew Whitehead 5.1

      The sad thing is that Smith is essentially the last remaining party elder the Nats have.

  6. observer 6

    China issues aside, he's never come across as a cabinet Minister prospect, and there's no reason to lament the departure of MPs who have been there since 2008 and made no impact.

    Good news for the better candidates below him, getting bumped up one place.

    • Chris T 6.1

      If he has made no impact should you maybe not be asking what the people below him have done and what they have achieved, rather than auto good news for them all?

    • Incognito 6.2

      At any given time there are 120 MPs. It’s an interesting question whether they all should be cabinet Minister prospects and if so, who would determine this (the PM, I suppose) and how. Another interesting question is what MPs really do and what the impact is of what they’re doing as an MP. Have you been an MP?

      I guess when you say Huo has made no impact you really mean on you? That’s a good yardstick of an objective observer of politics.

      • observer 6.2.1

        No, I'd compare him with Labour colleagues who also entered Parliament in 2008, the majority of whom have been Ministers or have left. (edit: ALL of whom, bar 2)

        I'd also compare him with MPs who have made an impact through things like private members' bills (Louisa Wall on marriage equality, Sue Moroney on paid parental leave, etc).

        I'd compare work on select committees (he failed in his major responsibility on Justice, for example). And so on.

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