Kelly won't run for Parliament

Last updated 10:16 28/11/2013
HELEN KELLY: Told union affiliates at a meeting in Wellington that she intended to see out her current term as CTU president.

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Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly has confirmed she will not stand for Parliament next year.

There had been persistent rumours she would stand for Labour if current MP Annette King stood aside in Rongotai.

The outspoken unionist put that speculation to bed this morning however, when she told union affiliates at a meeting in Wellington that she intended to see out her current term as president, a CTU spokeswoman confirmed.

"She's just pretty keen to continue the good work that's going on in health and safety around forestry and Pike River and wants to see that through."

The CTU has been pushing hard for a Government-led enquiry into health and safety in the forestry sector which has has the highest accident and death rate of any New Zealand industry, with eight deaths this year alone.

Kelly, who has been CTU president since 2007, was in the National Affiliates Council meeting this morning and was not immediately available for comment.

Early today iPredict said there was a 60 per cent chance Kelly would be elected as an MP for the Labour Party at the next election.

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