UPDATE: Stuff reports:
Labour leader Phil Goff has accepted under-fire Labour list MP Darren Hughes' resignation following sex scandal allegations.
Hughes had telephoned to say he would resign, Phil Goff said at a press conference this afternoon.
"The controversy surrounding the allegations has made it impossible to carry out his role," Goff said.
He said he agreed with Hughes, but Hughes had made it clear he believed that he had not done anything wrong.
Earlier today fresh details emerged about the early morning incident involving Hughes with an eyewitness saying he saw a naked man near the MP's home.
In the meantime, Newstalk ZB suggests that the numbers are being done ...
Meanwhile, the real fun starts now. Labour's list, in order, reads like this:
38: Judith Tizard; 39: Mark Burton; 40: Mahara Okeroa; 41: Martin Gallagher; 42: Dave Hereora; 43: Louisa Wall; 44: Lesley Soper.
There's the dilemma. The next seven names from Labour's list were all rejected by the public, one way or another, in 2008. There is no new blood, Louisa Wall perhaps apart. Whoever takes over from Darren Hughes is NOT the future of the Labour Party.
Heck; Robert Guyton might not like us saying this (then again he might be chuffed!), but it's entirely possible that the Green Party could be the main opposition party after the 2011 election!