June 23, 2014
Davis on cusp in Labour list ranking
The refusal of safe seat holders Nanaia Mahuta and Louisa Wall to drop off the Labour list could cost Kelvin Davis his chance of being back in parliament after September’s election.
Mr Davis, who returned to the house as a list MP a month ago after the resignation of Shane Jones, is number 18 on the list released today.
At current polling that could put him on the cusp of entry, given the number of electorate seats Labour is expected to win.
He faces a uphill battle to take Te Tai Tokerau from Mana leader Hone Harawira, whose chances have been boosted by an alliance with Kim Dotcom’s well-funded Internet Party.
MPs who stand to get in on the list before Mr Davis include deputy leader David Parker at number 2, Jacinda Ardern at 5, Clayton Cosgrove if he fails to regain Waimakariri, whip Sue Moroney, Andrew Little, former party president Maryan Street and Moana Mackey.
Meka Whaitiri, who should retain Ikaroa Rawhiti, comes in at 19, and Rotorua candidate Tamati Coffey was put at 30, four ahead of Northland candidate Willow Jean Prime.
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