Labour MP Darien Fenton retiring

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

Relevant offers

Politics

Death follows birth and passports online as NZ's digital transformation continues Government 'very keen' for stronger trade ties with Iran Peter Dunne's Ohariu seat could be crucial if the election is close Bill English says employers are regularly telling him that Kiwis can't pass drug tests Labour won't win a 'change' election by looking the same Labour's David Parker calls for 'swimmable' test to reflect when and where you take a dip KiwiRail says 'Kaikoura effect' cuts surplus Bill English downplays high demand for emergency housing grants Chris Trotter: Labour's future has a single name National MP Paul Foster-Bell to stand down at election

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.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content