21 Oct 2015

Annette King confirmed as Labour deputy leader

5:07 pm on 21 October 2015

The Labour Party has confirmed Annette King as its deputy leader.

Labour Deputy Leader, Annette King.

Labour Deputy Leader, Annette King. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Mrs King has been in the role since last November when Andrew Little took over as leader.

Mr Little said at the time that he would reshuffle his front bench after a year, including the deputy leadership.

Mrs King previously served as deputy leader between November 2008 and December 2011, before she was succeeded by Grant Robertson.

Mr Little said Mrs King was thrilled to stay on as his deputy leader into the 2017 election.

Auckland-based MP Jacinda Arden had been tipped as a likely contender for the deputy role, but Mr Little said she did not seek the position.

He said the deputy leadership job included lots of back office work, and Ms Ardern's strength was reaching out to community.

Mr Little said there would be further changes to Labour's front bench, but they were not finalised yet.