Coffey bids bon voyage with partner, as one of many GLBT candidates left out in the cold this election.
“I’ll be fine,” Coffey told express after Labour’s landslide loss. “I’m going for a well-needed holiday with Tim to have a rest and some time out.” Coffey joined Tony Milne, Richard Hills and Kelly Ellis on Labour’s list of unsuccessful GLBT candidates.
Popular Rainbow Labour MP Maryan Street’s nine-year run in parliament is also over, causing outcries from disappointed Labour supporters.
The ever-optimistic Coffey is still looking on the bright side. “The Rainbow sector will always be strong in the Labour Party and with stalwarts like Louisa Wall, things are in good hands,” he says. Wall, along with Grant Robinson and Meka Whaitiri still hold Labour seats. As do gay MPs Kevin Hague and Jan Logie for the Green Party and Chris Finlayson for National.
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