The Labour Party has used its list for the 2011 election to introduce an element of play to the political scene.
They’ve come up with a game called Spot the Fresh Faces.
If you look really hard at the list you’ll find the odd one but Kiwiblog’s worked out the vote needed before they enter parliament.
Former president Andrew Little at 15 on the list would enter parliament if Labour gets 22% of the vote and Deborah Mahuta-Coyle at 26 would become an MP if the party gains 30% of the vote.
Six places further down is Michael Wood who would gain a list seat if the party gets 32% of the vote which is around where its been polling for months.
That is assuming Labour holds the electorates it has and doesn’t win any more.
The various factions which hold sway in Labour make ranking the list a bit more complicated than with other parties. But part of the blame for the stale look to the list rests with some of the longer serving MPs who haven’t recognised they’ve passed their best-by dates.
Unless the party manages to do a lot better than it has in the polls (even last night’s One News Culmar Brunton poll which showed a small gain) there won’t be many fresh faces to spot in caucus after the election.