“After some reflection, I have decided to step down from the deputy leader’s position in the Labour Party,” she announced on Wednesday morning.
Ms King is a long-serving MP for Rongotai, and Labour’s health spokesperson. Ms King told Newshub “there has been absolutely no pressure on me to stand aside at all”.
A poll comes out showing them at 26%, which would mean almost no List MPs. They have realised they can’t win with Little, so they are hoping the celebrity star factor of Ardern will give them a boost.
“I actually think that Jacinda is ready to be the deputy. Having that win in Mt Albert – having a base – being grounded in an electorate is really important. And she has worked hard, she’s stood in seats that are unwinnable, and she’s won, and she’s ready, and I think she’ll make a really good deputy.”
Stood in unwinnable seats? She’s stood in Auckland Central the last two elections, which is a historically safe seat for Labour – but has been unable to win it for Labour.
Ardern’s roles to date within Labour have been:
- Youth Affairs 2008 – 2011
- Youth Justice 2008 – 2011
- Employment 2011
- Associate Arts 2011, 2013
- Social Development 2011 – 2013
- Children 2012 –
- Police 2013 – 2014
- Corrections 2013 – 2014
- Arts 2013 –
- Justice 2014 –
- Small Business 2014 –
- Auckland Issues 2015 –