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Will our Labour MPs shuffle up?

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has signalled that embattled Housing Minister Phil Twyford is safe in this challenging role, in laying the groundwork for a “relatively minor” Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday.

That suggests his equally important role as Transport Minister could go to someone else, so he can focus on salvaging KiwiBuild and getting other settings right for a big step up in house building wherever demand is high.

Kris Faafoi could be the MP for this job. He has performed well in his various roles and is tipped by many to be brought inside Cabinet to fill the seat left vacant last September by Clare Curran, possibly with a meaty new ministerial role.

Likely first in line to fill Faafoi’s vacancy outside Cabinet is said to be Roskill MP and parliamentary under-secretary Michael Woods.

It is about here that our two East Coast-based Labour MPs come into the frame.

Ardern will be keen to address a gender imbalance in her ministerial line-up due to the loss of Curran, to blunders, and Meka Whaitiri to alleged bullying.

While some say Whaitiri —........

© The Gisborne Herald