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Labour's party list for Election 2023 leaves little room for new MPs

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Labour's party list for Election 2023 leaves little room for new MPs
Labour Party president Jill Day and leader Chris Hipkins
Labour Party president Jill Day and leader Chris Hipkins announce the 2023 party list in Wellington

The Labour Party has revealed its Election 2023 party list with a dramatic fall from grace for former Cabinet minister, Michael Wood. 

He has been ranked at number 45 on the list and will likely have to win his stronghold seat in Mount Roskill in order to get back into Parliament. 

On current polling, Labour are likely to win a little over 40 seats in Parliament, down from 65 seats in 2020, which means more than 20 serving MPs are unlikely to make it back in October. 

This means some recognisable names will have to win their electorates. 

That will be easy for Helen White in Mount Albert, Ingrid Leary in Taieri, Arena Williams in Manurewa, and Phil Twyford in Te Atatu — all with sub-40 rankings. 

But will be more difficult for Sarah Pallet (#51) in Ilam, where she faces a National candidate trying to win back a blue seat and also TOP challenger Raf Manji. 

David Farrar, who provides polling for the National Party, estimated on his blog that Labour would get just eight list MPs into Parliament based on its current polling. 

They would be Grant Robertson, Jan Tinetti, Ayesha Verrall, Willie Jackson, Willow-Jean Prime, Adrian Rurawhe, Andrew Little, and David Parker. 

Farrar made a number of assumptions about which electorate seats would be won to reach that conclusion. But if correct, it would leave even high ranking members on the outside. 

Associate Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan and future-star Camilla Belich could both miss out on current polling. As could caucus colleagues Shanan Halbert, Glen Bennet, Vanushi Walters, and Dan Rosewarne. 

Georgie Dansey, who fought a losing battle for Labour in the Hamilton East by-election, has been rewarded with a decent list spot at #31 — but the party would need close to 36% of votes to get her into Parliament. 

She’s one of just a handful of new candidates on the list this year and the highest ranked as well. Toni Boynton is at #39, George Hampton at #41, Fleur Fitzsimons at #56, and Ruben Davidson at #57. 

Labour would need near 45% of the vote to get them all in. However, the latter two candidates should be able to win their respective electorates, Ronogtai and Christchurch East.

Tamati Coffey, who had been set to resign this election, will likely need to win Kiri Allan’s East Coast seat if he wants to make it back after all.

Following the departure of Allan from the party, Willow-Jean Prime was moved up to #9 and Jo Luxton rose to #19.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said the list reflected “the enormous talent within our existing caucus, as well as the diversity of New Zealanders from right around the country”. 

“With such a large and talented existing caucus and so many strong new candidates, this was an incredibly challenging list to put together.” 

When asked how many MPs he expected to have after the election, he simply replied: “heaps”.

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Good to see the back of these turkeys post Oct 14th. Wonder how many will survive in private enterprise.

Be nice to see them share the internal discord in the Labour party over the last 12-months. 


They will survive on the open market but on a medium income, quite a haircut for many.


Would be of interest to detail , not just for Labour, just how many of our MPs had a meaningful and  productive career outside of politics and before entering parliament.  Including academics,  I would wager those that are in the negative would be a significant majority.


One of my competitors is a global company. People get positioned across the world. If you ever get assigned to the Tokyo office, it's an unspoken way of telling the person "it's time for you to move on."


will be interesting to see how many retire or move on after the election if they are in opposition, why would some of them hang around ie Ayesha Verrall would be able to pick up a medical role somewhere, we could have a few by elections early on 


They will hang on because there is no way they would get paid for what they do in the private sector. They all earn more than I ever did with numerous qualifications and actual budgets to meet or else you got shit canned.


Interesting that a number of Maori electorate MPs,are not going on the list.

No sign of a electoral cup of tea with TPM, to create a overhang , 1 or 2 seats could be cruical if the polls stay tight. 


I mean, some of these MPs may have to justify why they haven't been very visible on major issues that were supposedly going to be resolved by Labour. I'm thinking there could be a big swing against West Auckland MPs given that National are proposing a proper busway and Labour are trying to avoid mentioning the Light Rail they campaigned on in 2017 at all costs. 


I have to admit though , they really need to decide on a route and form , and just do it .

Again the obsession with trains to the airport is getting in the way of this will mainly be a transport option for suburbs along the route.Mt.roskill in particular.