Monday, June 23, 2014

Labour's list

The Labour Party released its party list today. Last election, they focused squarely on incumbent protection - and as a result sacrificed a lot of the new blood they'd worked so hard to bring in in 2008. This time retirements and the Mallard faction abandoning the list have given them more space to work with. What's noticeable is that the unknowns kick in at around 30 this time, rather than 40 last election; this seems to be a deliberate strategy to bring in more new blood rather than a problem with attracting talent (which is what causes it in small parties).

On the gender front, there's a slight male bias in the top 10, but its balanced across the top 20, 30, and 40 (after which I stopped counting). However, those electorate MPs who have abandoned the list swing male, so we might see Labour's efforts for a gender-balanced caucus frustrated by its FPP rump.

As with last election, I've done a table showing the top candidates relative placements with last time. I don't think there's anything particularly surprising here, and the big moves all look related to the generational and leadership shift within the caucus.

2014 RankName2011 RankDifference
1David Cunliffe3+2
2David Parker4+2
3Grant Robertson14+11
4Annette King2-2
5Jacinda Ardern13+8
6Nanaia Mahuta12+6
7Phil Twyford33+26
8Clayton Cosgrove80
9Chris Hipkins30+21
10Sue Moroney100
11Andrew Little15+4
12Louisa Wall----
13David Shearer31+18
14Su'a William Sio17+3
15Maryan Street7-8
16Phil Goff1-15
17Moana Mackey19+2
18Kelvin Davis23+5
19Meka Whaitiri----
20Megan Woods47+27
21Raymond Huo210
22Damien O'Connor----
23Priyanca Radhakrishnan----
24Iain Lees-Galloway37+13
25Rachel Jones----
26David Clark49+23
27Carol Beaumont22-5
28Poto Williams----
29Carmel Sepuloni24-5
30Tamati Coffey----
31Jenny Salesa----
32Liz Craig----
33Deborah Russell----
34Willow-Jean Prime----
35Jerome Mika36+1
36Tony Milne----
37Virginia Andersen----
38Claire Szabo----
39Michael Wood32-7
40Arena Williams----
41Hamish McDouall52+11
42Anjum Rahman----
43Sunny Kaushal----
44Christine Greer----
45Penny Gaylor----
46Janette Walker----
47Richard Hills50+3
48Shanan Halbert----
49Anahila Suisuiki51+2
50Clare Wilson----
51James Dann----
52Kelly Ellis----
53Corie Haddock----
54Jamie Strange----
55Katie Paul----
56Steven Gibson----
57Chao-Fu Wu70+13
58Paul Grimshaw----
59Tracey Dorreen----
60Tofik Mamedov----
61Hikiera Toroa----
62Hugh Tyler----
63Susan Elliot----
64Simon Buckingham----