Two MPs to take over Dalziel's portfolio

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Last updated 15:08 11/07/2013
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CHRISTCHURCH MP: Ruth Dyson.
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CHRISTCHURCH MP: Clayton Cosgrove.

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Departing Labour MP Lianne Dalziel's earthquake recovery portfolio will be split between Canterbury MPs Ruth Dyson and Clayton Cosgrove.

Dalziel is quitting as MP for Christchurch East to contest the Christchurch mayoralty.

In a minor reshuffle of Labour's shadow Cabinet, party leader David Shearer today announced that Dalziel's quake recovery portfolio would be split between Dyson and Cosgrove.

Cosgrove will take over responsibility for the Earthquake Commission and Dyson will become Labour's Canterbury earthquake recovery spokeswoman.

Dalziel will stay on as Labour's associate justice and civil defence and emergency management spokeswoman until she leaves Parliament.

At that point, Louisa Wall will take over the civil defence and emergency management role.

"Lianne Dalziel has done sterling work as Labour's earthquake recovery and EQC spokesperson. She has stood up for the people of Christchurch and driven Labour's grassroots approach to tackling the rebuild," Shearer said.

"I thank her for her hard work and commitment and know she will continue to support and advocate for Cantabrians.

"But given her bid for the Christchurch mayoralty, Lianne agrees that the time is right for others to step into those roles.

"In Clayton Cosgrove and Ruth Dyson, Labour has two of its most experienced and capable MPs ready to take over. They are in touch with the reality of the challenges the city and the region face, and they will do an outstanding job."

The reshuffle also sees Wigram MP Megan Wood picking up an associate education role, working with Chris Hipkins on Christchurch schools.

"I'm pleased to give Megan Woods an expanded role in the vital area of Christchurch schools," Shearer said.

"Since her election in 2011 she has proved herself to be a talented MP and is more than ready to take on extra responsibility.

"Labour has a great team of Christchurch MPs and I know this new line-up of spokespeople will continue Labour's record of fighting hard for the people of Christchurch."

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