Lianne’s resignation

June 21st, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

has confirmed on Twitter that she will resign as an MP before the results of the Mayoral election are known.

This is the right thing to do, and Lianne deserves credit for that call.

She says she wants to have the by-election as far away as the Council election as possible. She could achieve that by resigning immediately and having a by-election in August. Of course that means no salary and no parliamentary resources (such as phones) while campaigning, so I suspect she is not keen on that option.

The local elections have the votes counted 12 October 2013. So let’s assume Lianne resigns on 11 October 2013.

This means the Governor-General must issue the by-election write by Friday 2 November 2013. the writ must be returned within 50 days which is 22 December 2013.

You need to allow 11 days for special votes, 3 working days for a recount application and estimate 3 days for a recount, so really the election day must be at least 17 days before 22 December, so the latest possible date for the by-election would be Saturday 30 November.

If Dalziel resigns on 11 October, then the earliest day would be Saturday 9 November for the by-election. Every week earlier she resigns then that week could move earlier.

I’m hoping for any date except Saturday 30 November, as I’ll be tramping that weekend, so out of cellphone and Internet coeverage!

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18 Responses to “Lianne’s resignation”

  1. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    The train driver is going to have to cover his tracks a bit more carefully…

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  2. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    Good on her for commiting to resign regardless of the mayoralty result.

    But she should resign and leave her current job before she starts campaigning. Surely there would be a conflict remaining an MP – with the responsibilities and perks involved in that – while campaigning for another political position.

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  3. dime (9,980 comments) says:

    “Good on her for commiting to resign regardless of the mayoralty result.” – she obviously thinks she will win.

    I think it if looks like she isnt going to win we will get the old “the people have spoken, they really want me to stay in parliament to defend the little guy against national” blah blah blah

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  4. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    “Of course that means no salary and no parliamentary resources (such as phones) while campaigning, so I suspect she is not keen on that option.”

    Fantastic, she gets to promote her personal ambitions and New Zealand taxpayers foot the bill. These people are disgusting.

    I agree with Pete George, she should resign today. She can’t resign before she starts campaigning – she’s been campaigning since the day of the first earthquake.

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  5. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Good on her for commiting to resign regardless of the mayoralty result.

    Well to an extent. She will know the results of all pre-election polls before resigning.

    If the last of those shows her significantly well behind Parker, she might make a late nominal withdrawal (but, aw shucks, its too late to change the ballot papers.)

    Or change her mind on the resignation stance.

    If she was truly well intentioned in her “all in”, resign regardless of the result, stance she would resign before voting ceases – perhaps a week or two before.

    Let’s see her do that.

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  6. Kleva Kiwi (289 comments) says:

    Hope she resigns, and then looses =)

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  7. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    The sooner we get rid of this socialist, the better.

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  8. jaba (2,143 comments) says:

    lets see if she actually follows through, she does have form in being a stranger to the truth

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  9. MIKMS (167 comments) says:

    Will she withdraw the Labour Whip? If she is to be a true ‘independent’ that would be the appropriate gesture.

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  10. Warren Murray (311 comments) says:

    Any Parliamentary resources she consumes prior to the election is trivial compared to the resources that will be consumed by parties at the by-election if she resigns.

    As for her promising to resign before the results – well considering how she spun out the decision to challenge for the mayoralty, she has ample history to show her capacity to change her mind. I suspect polling results prior to the election will influence that decision.

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  11. thaksinsproposal (40 comments) says:

    This is very difficult for Christchurch people.
    Many of us are saying not which person is the best but which is the worse.
    I would never have thought the day would come when I would abstain from my vote.

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  12. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    This is a safe Labour seat and Labour will walk all over National. So why do you even care about this by-election? There won’t be anything interesting here. Crushing defeat for National and Labour cruising to victory and headline news with Sheep Shearer basking in glory….

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  13. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    I don’t know where the notion of this being a safe labour seat came from, given that National won the party vote by a large margin, over 4000 votes. I mean, Dalzeil was running against Aaron Gilmore!

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  14. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    slightlyrighty (2,260) Says:
    June 21st, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I don’t know where the notion of this being a safe labour seat came from, given that National won the party vote by a large margin, over 4000 votes. I mean, Dalzeil was running against Aaron Gilmore!

    My sources on the ground say, there is a swell of hatred against John Key and National in Christchurch. Watch for the winning margin for Labour to be closer to 10,000+

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  15. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    Watch for the winning margin for Labour to be closer to 10,000+

    Riiiiight!

    Funny sources indeed.

    The people I talk to (the few who remain resident in eastern ChCh) tell me exactly the opposite. The govt. are seen as doing a bloody good job in very difficult circumstances, their efforts appreciated

    A Nat win would be less than a surprise, a commy win a narrow thing.

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  16. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Wow, at least she yeasted her intentions. DPF get in for the first brew.

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  17. Aidy (7 comments) says:

    ‘Fantastic, she gets to promote her personal ambitions and New Zealand taxpayers foot the bill. These people are disgusting.’

    No doubt you said the same about Tim Groser? Though I don’t remember any sly little digs from Farrar about his salary during his campaign for the WTO job. Stuff had penty to say though:

    “Groser was a wild card entry for the job but despite being seen as an unlikely victor the Government has thrown tens of thousands of dollars supporting his bid. In recent months he has travelled overseas extensively lobbying for support.

    The trade minister hit headlines last week when it emerged that he racked up travel expenses of almost $260,000 in the first three months of the year – nearly $3000 a day – as he lobbied for the WTO top job.

    His spending was more than that of Foreign Minister Murray McCully ($130,000) and Prime Minister John Key ($100,000) combined. “

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  18. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    There is some good pussy to eat here boys, before it goes toxic. BRRRRRRR

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