Labour MP George Hawkins says he will be resigning from parliament.
He has just been elected to the Manurewa Community Board.
Mr Hawkins says he has yet to decide when he will step down.
On the plus side, this gives Phil Twyford another seat he can try and get the nomination for 🙂
Hawkins has only been elected to a local board, not even the main Council. I don’t think resigning from Parliament is necessary – but that is his choice to make.
UPDATE: I am interpreting resign from Parliament as meaning actually resign. It is possible he means retire, and is not ruling out staying until the election. He could avoid a by-election if he stays on until middle of 2011.