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Moira Coatsworth elected as new Labour President

Published: 8:03PM Saturday April 02, 2011 Source: ONE News

The Labour Party has a new president.

Moira Coatsworth was the party's senior vice-president and was today elected to the top job unopposed.

She replaces outgoing president Andrew Little, who said the party could not be in better hands.

"Moira is a person of great ability and integrity. She is highly respected by MP's and party members nationwide.

"Her passion for upholding our Labour values, strengthening and growing our party organization will make her an exceptional President who will ready the party for this year's general election," Little said.

Little had been in the role since March 2009.

"I have enjoyed my time as the President of the Labour Party and would like to thank Labour Party leaders Phil Goff and Annette King, Moira Coatsworth and Chris Flatt for their support. With the general election months away the Party could not be in better hands," he said today.

Coatsworth is a long-time Waikato Labour campaigner from the Coromandel.

She joined Labour in the late 1980s during the first campaign to protect the Coromandel from gold mining.

She has worked in the areas of child psychology and specialist education.

Coatsworth is married and has an adult son and daughter.

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