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Expulsions From the House; is There a Pattern Here?

Expulsions From the House; is There a Pattern Here?

Opposition Members of Parliament are more than twice as likely to be expelled from the House as government MPs since National has become government, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Despite identical circumstances, comment and behaviour members of the government seem to be having a charmed run when it comes to sanctioning their behaviour.

“On the other hand, no such good fortune has attracted to the Opposition parties.

“This, of course, is not mere coincidence and the huge disparity between the two figures requires an explanation, and now,” says Mr Peters.

MPs asked to leave the Chamber since 8th November 2008 Election

Speaker – Lockwood Smith (National):

27 May 2009 Trevor Mallard Labour
14 October 2009 Tau Henare National
17 March 2010 Jonathan Coleman National
19 May 2010 Trevor Mallard Labour
24 August 2010 Paul Quinn National
8 December 2010 Trevor Mallard Labour
19 May 2011 Phil Heatley National
7 June 2011 Clare Curran Labour
14 July 2011 Hone Harawira Mana
3 August 2011 Trevor Mallard Labour
3 August 2011 Bill English National
1 March 2012 Winston Peters NZ First
16 August 2012 Trevor Mallard Labour
21 August 2012 Winston Peters NZ First
22 August 2012 Tau Henare National
16 October 2012 David Parker Labour
16 October 2012 Winston Peters NZ First

Speaker – David Carter (National):

27 March 2013 Trevor Mallard Labour
27 March 2013 Chris Hipkins Labour
6 June 2013 Jonathan Coleman National
17 October 2013 Metiria Tūrei Greens
12 February 2014 Winston Peters NZ First
6 May 2014 Trevor Mallard Labour
8 May 2014 Trevor Mallard Labour
8 May 2014 Chris Hipkins Labour
13 May 2014 Tau Henare National
13 May 2014 Winston Peters NZ First
22 May 2014 Steven Joyce National
25 June 2014 Trevor Mallard Labour
20 May 2015 Grant Robertson Labour
26 May 2015 Winston Peters NZ First


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National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%. NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%. ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs. The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament.

There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government.

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