'Crisis meeting' doesn't deliver Willie Jackson a higher Labour list ranking

Labour leader Andrew Little announced Willie Jackson would be running on the party's list while up at Waitangi earlier ...
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Labour leader Andrew Little announced Willie Jackson would be running on the party's list while up at Waitangi earlier this year.

High-profile broadcaster Willie Jackson has lost his battle for a higher list place in the Labour Party after a "crisis meeting" late on Monday.

It's understood he was given the 21st slot on Labour's original list and wasn't happy about it.

Jackson, a former Alliance MP, flew down to Wellington on Monday morning to vent his frustrations to the party face-to-face but it's understood he's failed to convince the party otherwise and remains at 21 on the list.

The party was expected to announce its list on Monday morning but then delayed it while the party worked through the ranking issues. A Labour Party source said a "crisis meeting" was held on Monday night and it was thought Jackson might be able to get a higher ranking as a result.

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It's understood the delay in releasing the list is also because other electorate candidates are disappointed with their list ranking.

Labour Party president Nigel Haworth said the committee was going through the "final stages of determining the list".

"It's taken slightly longer than we expected but we'll be finishing tomorrow," he said earlier on Monday.

Jackson, who had ties to the Maori Party, was shoulder-tapped by Labour leader Andrew Little late last year to run and announced at Waitangi that would he seek a place on the list.

Little threw his support behind Jackson getting a high-list placing.

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But Northland and East Coast candidates, Willow-Jean Prime and Kiri Allan, look to have secured list spots ahead of Jackson - likely helped by Labour's 50/50 gender policy.

It's understood Jackson isn't happy about either candidate being ranked ahead of him.

Before joining Labour Jackson was tipped to run for the Maori Party in the Tamaki-Makaurau electorate against the incumbent, Labour MP Peeni Henare.

On Sunday Labour MP Sue Moroney announced she wasn't seeking re-election after being advised by the Labour Party that she wouldn't have an electable list position.

Little said he understood her reasons for standing down and credited her for being a "hard-working and dedicated MP".

 - Stuff

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