Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Darren Hughes once described himself as 'the son that Helen Clark never had'.    He was referring to their close relationship and the fact that she 'mothered' him when he first entered parliament as the Member for Otaki in 2002 as a 22 year old.

In 2005 he was reelected to the seat with the countries smallest majority (382) and in 2007 he was made a Minister outside of Cabinet where he held the Statistics portfolio. In 2008 he lost his seat but returned to the House as a List MP where he was Labour's Transport spokesman and also their Senior Whip.   Later he was given the Education portfolio and also served as Shadow Leader of the House.

In March 2011 his parliamentary career came to an abrupt end when he was subject to a complaint made to the police by an 18 YO male following an alleged incident at Annette King's house where Hughes was living at the time.   Witnesses reportedly saw the complainant naked and distressed outside the house in the early hours of the morning. Hughes denied any wrongdoing and later offered to resign from Parliament but was initially dissuaded from this by Phil Goff.   A day latter Goff changed his mind and Hughes was gone.    Three months later the police announced that they did not not have sufficient evidence that would allow them to press charges.

Hughes initially tried to gain employment at the UN following the footsteps of Helen Clark but in 2011 he relocated to the UK as the Campaigns and Research Director for the Electoral Reform Society.   In  2013 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Society.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

And long may he remain far, far away, this hero of the Labour Party.

Anonymous said...

And now the man at the centre of the complaint appears to be living a nice life as an out gay man

Anonymous said...

... she 'mothered' him ...

Explains everything really. I almost feel sorry or the useless trougher.


Noel said...

Gee last sighting 2013. Congratulations you are creeping towards current.