Labour’s Shadow Cabinet

’s new lineup is here, according to their website:

  1. David Shearer – Science & Innovation
  2. Grant Robertson – Employment, Arts
  3. David Parker – Finance, Shadow Attorney-General
  4. Jacinda Ardern – Welfare, Children
  5. Clayton Cosgrove – SOEs, Commerce, Trade
  6. Annette King – Health
  7. Shane Jones – Regional Development, Foresty, Associate Finance
  8. Phil Twyford – Housing, Auckland
  9. Maryan Street – Environment
  10. Chris Hipkins – Education, Chief Whip
  11. Nanaia Mahuta – Youth, Maori Development
  12. David Clark – Economic Development, Small Business
  13. Sue Moroney – ACC, ECE, Women’s Affairs
  14. Su’a William Sio – Local Government, Pacific
  15. Phil Goff – Foreign Affairs, State Services, Defence
  16. Darien Fenton – Labour, Immigration, Junior Whip
  17. Damien O’Connor – Primary Industries, Food Safety
  18. Clare Curran – Comms/ICT, Open Govt
  19. Andrew Little – Justice, Tourism
  20. Megan Woods – Tertiary Education

The top 20 are generally considered the shadow cabinet. Cunliffe has been given a portfolio, but this indicate he will not be in the Government if Shearer wins. In fact only the top 14 or so might get to be in Cabinet as you need room for coalition partners.

The top eight sit on the front bench, so King, Jones and Twyford join the front bench and Sio, Mahuta and Street get demoted off it. That is a significant reshuffle for the front bench.

King is a very safe pair of hands, and may be the first Labour Health Spokesperson in four years to lay a blow on Ryall. Against that promoting someone who was a Minister in the 1980s onto the front bench in the 2010s doesn’t signal rejuvenation.

I’ve previously said that Jones and Twyford deserve promotions. I am surprised Hipkins didn’t go all the way onto the front bench though.

Robertson is put in charge of jobs. He is an effective politician but may struggle for credibility to talk about job creation when as far as I know his entire career has been in the public sector, and he has never actually worked in the private sector which actually creates the jobs (and funds the public sector).

David Clark is obviously well thought off to put him against Steven Joyce. He has worked in Treasury so understands economics (unlike most of his colleagues).

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