Shane Jones set to leave politics

By Te Ao Māori News

Labour MP Shane Jones will step down from politics and is expected to leave the party at the end of May. 

He says he has notified the Labour Leader David Cunliffe and Party President Moira Coatsworth of his decision leaving a seat open for former Te Taitokerau Labour candidate Kelvin Davis who is expected to replace Jones.

According to TV3 reports, Shane Jones would be taking on a role of Pacific Economic Ambassador, created by the National Government.

Jones first started his political career with the Labour Party, standing in the 2005 Elections.

He experienced his fair share of controversy after admitting to using a Crown credit card in 2010 for personal expenditure, which included hiring pornographic films at hotels while on ministerial business. 

He also came under fire for his involvement in the citizenship application of Chinese businessman William Yan who was charged with making false declarations on immigration documents. In May 2012 Yan was found not guilty of all the immigration charges he faced.

While he was confronted with many obstacles and controversy in his time with Labour, Jones established himself as a strong and very vocal member of the Labour Party.

Te Kāea will have more tomorrow night at 5.30pm and 7.00pm with subtitles.