Labour names Andrew Kirton as new general secretary

Andrew Kirton (Supplied)
Andrew Kirton (Supplied)

The Labour Party has appointed Andrew Kirton as its new general secretary following the resignation of Tim Barnett.

The party made the announcement this morning, saying Mr Kirton will take up the role from mid-April.

Mr Kirton has experience in the private and government sectors in the UK and New Zealand, including roles as head of public affairs at Heathrow Airport and at international construction company Mace Group, where he led their global corporate affairs department.

During his time away from New Zealand, Mr Kirton organised Labour's support network in London and campaigned for the expat vote in the past two general elections.

He was also an adviser to former Prime Minister Helen Clark and co-president of the New Zealand University Students' Association.

The general secretary position was made vacant following the resignation of Mr Barnett in September, which came nine months after the departure of former party president Moira Coatsworth.

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