19 Oct 2022

Sharma resignation forces Labour into by-election

From Morning Report, 6:43 am on 19 October 2022

Labour has been forced into contesting a by-election in Hamilton West, that could be a litmus test for next year's election.

Independent MP Gaurav Sharma has quit Parliament in what he's calling a pre-emptive move to avoid being ousted through waka-jumping legislation.

It's paved the way for a costly by-election that's Labour's to lose - having won it in the the 'red wave' of 2020.

Political reporter Anneke Smith has more.