Labour MP Darien Fenton retiring

MICHAEL FOX
Last updated 10:39 16/05/2014
DARIEN FENTON
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RETIRING: Labour list MP Darien Fenton.

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Labour list MP Darien Fenton has announced she will retire from national politics after nine years in Parliament.

The staunch unionist announced this morning that she would not seek re-election in September.

"I came to Parliament with one aim, and that was to help make a better life for the low-income service workers I have worked with over many years," she said.

"My sincere hope is that this better life will come with the election of a Labour-led government in September, because New Zealand desperately needs the change Labour will bring to hard-working people who continue to struggle from day to day."

Fenton said she would "return to the coal-face to continue the fight for the dignity and respect workers deserve."

Labour leader David Cunliffe praised Fenton's "significant contribution to the Labour movement", saying she had been a strong voice for workers.

Fenton would play a significant role in Labour's caucus until the election and would also pick up the transport safety portfolio to go with her responsibilities for tourism.

"I am confident Darien will have an ongoing part to play in the Labour movement and the broader industrial relations sector with her outstanding skills and experience," Cunliffe said.

"I wish her all the best for the future."

She joins Rajen Prasad and Ross Robertson as Labour MPs stepping down at the election while Shane Jones is leaving before the election.

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