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Annette King re-anointed Labour’s deputy leader

Little goes with experience and stability.

Staff Reporter
Wed, 21 Oct 2015

See also: Annette King's retention as deputy underlines Labour's deep problems

The Labour Party has confirmed Annette King will remain its deputy leader.

Ms King stepped into the role last November after Andrew Little won the leadership.

She had previously served as deputy leader from November 2008 to December 2011, when she was replaced by Grant Robertson.

At that time of his ascension Mr Little said Ms King’s appointment was just an interim one and that he would be assessing potential replacements during his first year as leader.

He had been expected to make his choice known when he reshuffles his front bench in November

Various pundits are interpreting the decision as a snub for Jacinda Ardern, seen by many (though not all) as one of the party’s rising stars.

Mr Little has stressed his choice was about the experience and stability Ms King represents.

Rob Hosking, who noted last month that Ms King “is still Labour’s best parliamentary performer”, will provide in-depth analysis of the decision tomorrow morning.

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Staff Reporter
Wed, 21 Oct 2015
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Annette King re-anointed Labour’s deputy leader