Labour delays list announcement

Labour leader Andrew Little has delayed the announcement of his party's list rankings for this year's election. Photo: Lynn Grieveson.

Labour has delayed the announcement of its party list rankings for a day, amid rumours of candidate dissatisfaction with their placements.

The party was due to release its candidate rankings for this year’s general election on Monday morning.

However, that was pushed out to the afternoon, before a Labour spokesman said the announcement would instead take place on Tuesday morning to allow time for further discussions.

The delay may be a sign that all is not well as candidates jockey for winnable spots ahead of September 23.

According to Stuff, former broadcaster Willie Jackson - who was promised a good position by Labour leader Andrew Little - was so displeased with his rumoured ranking of 21 that he flew down to Wellington to voice his concerns.

On Sunday, Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney announced she would not seek re-election after being notified she had lost the support of the party’s ruling council for a winnable spot.

Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard, who announced last July he would step down from the electorate and run as a list-only candidate, could also find his place under threat.

Complicating matters is Labour’s selection criteria.

According to rule 8.47 of the party’s constitution, the ranking committee must ensure that at least 50 per cent of its MPs are women, taking into account likely electorate results.

Based on current polling, Labour would win 36 seats at this year’s election.

However, if it holds all its current electorate seats, that would leave only nine seats for list-only MPs to fill.