Labour calls on all parties to end coat-tailing

Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway is encouraging all parties to support his Bill to end the coat-tailing provision when it is debated in Parliament this week. 

“New Zealanders have sent MPs a clear message. An opinion poll found more than 70 per cent of voters want coat-tailing scrapped. 

 “The public want politicians to put having a robust system for electing MPs ahead of party political interests. They want the coat-tailing rort to stop. 

“It has never been clear why we have a rule that allows parties that don’t reach the 5 per cent party vote threshold to bring list MPs into Parliament if they win one electorate seat. 

“It’s a rule that has been abused by political parties but serves no useful purpose. It’s time for it to go. 

“This is an opportunity for parties and their MPs to demonstrate that they can put the interests of the country ahead of their own,” Iain Lees-Galloway says.