Ejections from House at record low

As I blogged earlier, Winston was complaining that opposition MPs have been getting thrown out of the House more than Government MPs, and somehow blamed the Speaker for this. In fact half of the 31 evictions have been him and Trevor Mallard, and most of the remaining 15 were National MPs. So we know once again Winston was speaking crap.

I’ve now got data for all ejections from 1999 onwards. What is amazing is how few ejections have occurred, compared to the past. Here’s the data:

  • 1999 – 21
  • 2000 – 31
  • 2001 – 14
  • 2002 – 21
  • 2003 – 54
  • 2004 – 33
  • 2005 – 32
  • 2006 – 41
  • 2007 – 31
  • 2008 – 10
  • 2009 – 2
  • 2010 – 4
  • 2011 – 4
  • 2012 – 6
  • 2013 – 4
  • 2014 – 8
  • 2015 – 2

So Speakers are ejecting far far fewer MPs than in the past. Here’s the total per Speaker, and average per year from 1999 on.

  • Doug Kidd – 21, 21/year
  • Jonathan Hunt – 153, 29/year
  • Margaret Wilson – 109, 29/year
  • Lockwood Smith – 17, 4/year
  • David Carter – 14, 6/year

And the proportions for each Speaker

  • Doug Kidd – 57% Labour, 24% NZ First, 14% National
  • Jonathan Hunt – 34% National, 34% Labour, 17% ACT, 11% NZ First
  • Margaret Wilson – 63% National, 20% Labour, 9% ACT
  • Lockwood Smith – 41% Labour, 35% National, 18% NZ First
  • David Carter – 50% Labour, 21% National, 21% NZ First

And since 1999, who has been ejected the most?

  1. Trevor Mallard 26
  2. Nick Smith 25
  3. Winston Peters 23
  4. Rodney Hide 23
  5. Gerry Brownlee 17
  6. Chris Carter 13
  7. Tau Henare 13
  8. Phil Heatley 10
  9. Bill English 9
  10. Ron Mark 9
  11. David Cunliffe 6
  12. Dover Samuels 6
  13. Wayne Mapp 6

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