Lockie to retire from Rodney

October 27th, 2010 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Tracy Watkins at Stuff reports:

Parliament’s Speaker has confirmed he will stand down from his seat at the next election and seek to be returned to Parliament on ’s list instead.

The move follows months of speculation that Dr Smith would not seek re-selection in the blue-ribbon seat because of the constraints of his role as Speaker.

Dr Smith said he would continue to help his constituents and push the major roading projects in the electorate, “but as Speaker I have found it to be a little more difficult to be involved in political debate”.

“By my seeking a place on the National Party List, I feel that no matter what the future may hold for me the people of Rodney will be able to select a new member better able to voice their views in wider political debate.”

Lockwood has been a very popular MP in Rodney, and they will be sad to see him go. He will probably romp in at the top of the National Party list also. Lockwood frequently forces Ministers to ask questions they don’t want to, but this doesn’t dampen his popularity in the party. To the contrary he gets treated as a rock star at conferences, with delegates lining up to say how wonderful it is to have a Speaker who holds the Government to account -even if it is their Government.

I would not be entirely surprised is Sir Lockwood ends up in a diplomatic role towards the end of the next Parliament (if National is in Government again).

The selection for Rodney will be interesting. lives in the electorate and is a popular person in the party (chairing winning campaigns does that). However there is no guarantee that there won’t be many strong candidates seeking the nomination and Steven I suspect will want to be careful he does not do a Phil Twyford and go for a nomination, and fail to gain it

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19 Responses to “Lockie to retire from Rodney”

  1. tvb (4,307 comments) says:

    By announcing his decision now he gives Stephen Joyce plenty of time to get the support of delegates. I would be flabbergastered if he does not secure nomination if not in a canter then in a pretty fast trot.

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  2. s.russell (1,587 comments) says:

    The key thing about this is the confirmation that Smith plans to remain in Parliament and (we hope) continue as Speaker. It would be tragic if having (somewhat as a surprise) found ourselves with such an outstanding Speaker, he were to remain in the role only three years.

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  3. grumpyoldhori (2,416 comments) says:

    Smith is a bloody good speaker and if Labour did manage to take power next year I would hope they would keep him in on in his present role.
    But, being a nasty cynic, who does the ranking for the list seats in National, not one of those ministers he forced to answer one hopes.

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  4. GJ (329 comments) says:

    Lockwood Smith to the surprise of many has been an outstanding speaker. I believe he has gained the respect of all parties in the house, an outstanding achievement. He appears to have a very good memory.

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  5. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Sadly, I suspect Joyce will seek the electorate nomination in Rodney. I would have preferred him to seek it in Epsom to get Rortney the other Rodney out of Parliament.

    In a Ministry that are largely a pack of bumblers (Tolley, Brownlee, Bennett, Wilkinson, Wong, Williamson, Hide FFS) and very reliant on Key’s personable nature and common touch to hide that, Joyce is the stand-out performer. Even though I totally disagree with his obsession with building new roads at the expense of public transport infrastructure, I have to admit he is an extremely competent Minister politically.

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  6. Inventory2 (10,244 comments) says:

    That’s rich coming from you Keith; you’d hardly call YOUR caucus the liveliest in the word!

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  7. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    In a Ministry that are largely a pack of bumblers…..

    Compared to Pol Pot Locke, Aussie Wussell and the rest of the fruit loops – that lot could be considered a pillar of intelligence!

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  8. big bruv (13,650 comments) says:

    There is no doubt that Dr the Hon Lockwood Smith is a great speaker (even if I do get pissed off at him for bending over backward to appease the left) however, he above all others epitomises the chronic sense of entitlement the bastards who inhabit Parliament seem to suffer from.

    Lockwood seems to think that the rest of the nation places great importance on his role and the “affairs of the house” when the reality is that many of us just want the bastards to stop wasting our money (can ANYBODY tell me why we have to fund the speakers jaunts to exotic destinations every year?) and stop sticking their hands in our pockets for their latest bribe or expense allowance.

    Lockwood Smith is the living, breathing example of why there should be time limits on all Pollies, the mans sense of self importance and entitlement is breathtaking.

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  9. big bruv (13,650 comments) says:

    Hey Toad…

    Nice of Trev the muss to out Pol Pot Locke as “frog”, I guess that might be why your blog does not allow dissenting views any longer.

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  10. big bruv (13,650 comments) says:

    hori

    Are you kidding?

    There is no way in hell that Labour and the left would allow Lockwood to stay on as speaker, they would much prefer one of their own corrupt bastards to have the job, one who would protect their ministers….one like Hunt or that mad screaming thing Wilson.

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  11. Nicholas O'Kane (168 comments) says:

    I think it would be really nice if Steven Joyce (and all other list MPs) to stand aside and allow a non-MP to win selection. Steven Joyce still has the list.

    It was nice how in 2008 David Carter agreed to relinquish the Selwyn nomination and go list only so Amy Adams could enter Parliament.

    I am sure that there will be many young talented ambitious National Party people in the Auckland area who could make an excellent electorate MP. It will be nice to have one in Parliament.

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  12. reid (16,170 comments) says:

    I would not be entirely surprised is Sir Lockwood ends up in a diplomatic role towards the end of the next Parliament (if National is in Government again).

    Really? You mean National’s not going to end the political appointments to the Court of St James and Washington and Ottawa etc etc etc?

    I mean I really like Lockwood but I’ve failed to see just exactly why it is that senior ex-politicians are more competent than our great selection of career diplomats who’ve devoted their whole working lives to working up to such a post, only to see it go, sometimes, to a worthless talentless hack whose only talent is to say the right things to the right people at the right times.

    I had hoped National might break this bi-partisan stranglehold on unnecessary rewards for team players, but no. I wasn’t expecting, but I was hoping.

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  13. s.russell (1,587 comments) says:

    “whose only talent is to say the right things to the right people at the right times”

    Is not that one of the prime characteristics of good diplomats?

    It seems to me that there are very few political appointments to diplomatic posts in NZ (unlike in the US). Those few are usually (there are exceptions) highly political postitions such as Ambassador to the US, and the politicians (such as Bill Rowling and Jim Bolger) people of some talent.

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  14. Doug (408 comments) says:

    Just goes to prove the Unions are not for creating jobs, it’s for protecting their income flow just to support Labour.

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  15. reid (16,170 comments) says:

    “Is not that one of the prime characteristics of good diplomats?”

    The difference is s.russell, when politicians do it and have it done to them, they actually believe it. Diplomats are a bit more discerning.

    There are probably few commented on in the media, there are a lot and more than there should be. Was Hunt a better choice than the best available senior diplomat? Sometimes they do work out but I suspect, if we now and again shared the plum jobs with the professionals as well, we’d get better value most of the time.

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  16. lastmanstanding (1,261 comments) says:

    No one who remembers Lockie all those years ago chairing University Challenge should be surprised at how good a Speaker he is.

    Lockie was always the charmer even when disallowing a point smiling when telling a young student they got it horribly wrong.

    In fact his University Challenge role was perfect training for dealing with the grown up kids in the House

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  17. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    Lockwood by his actions raises an interesting constitutional question in regards to MMP. I can see his pint that he cannot adequately represent his constituents if he is Speaker.

    Perhaps the Speaker should come from List MP’s?

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  18. BlairM (2,310 comments) says:

    Surprised this is happening, as Lockwood was always very negative about list MPs as a concept.

    There is no way that Nanny Joyce should get the nomination. I hope that a better candidate emerges.

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  19. southtop (264 comments) says:

    Paul Henry for Rodney?

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