8 Nov 2017

'First day farce' for new govt in Parliament - Hipkins

From Morning Report, 7:16 am on 8 November 2017

Labour admits yesterday's election of the Speaker of the House became a farce, but says it's now on notice that the National party intends to be a 'disruptive opposition'. A hasty deal was struck on the floor of Parliament, after National questioned whether Labour had the numbers to elect Trevor Mallard as Speaker. The Leader of the House, Chris Hipkins, claims Labour did know it had the numbers to win a vote, but didn't want a political contest on day one of Parliament. The result was that National won a deal to get 11 more of its MPs on select committees. Chris Hipkins tells us Labour is not guilty of political naivete.