You have got to take your hat off to Trevor Mallard.
As we report on page three, the Wainuiomata-basedMP is on the cusp of a remarkable political comeback.
When the new government sits down to work next week, one of the first things it will do is elect Mallard as the next Speaker.
For a man who was first elected in 1984 and who lives and breathes Parliament, it is an achievement to be proud of.
It will also represent an incredible transformation for a man who rose to fame as a bruiser in the Clark government. Over the years, he has been chucked out of Parliament numerous times and once famously got in to a fight with a fellow MP.
Mallard has always been a hard workingMP and he now has the chance to play a significant role, in a job that few would have picked him taking 20 years ago.
His rival Chris Bishop graciously conceded that Mallard would make a good speaker.
I amsure all our readers will wish him well, in what should be in interesting three years for the new government.
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