Louise Upston appointed junior whip

By Rebecca Malcolm rebecca.malcolm@dailypost.co.nz


Taupo MP Louise Upston has been appointed the National Party's junior whip - topping off a successful end to the year.

List MP Michael Woodhouse will be National's senior whip.

After being elected to a second term as Taupo's MP with a majority of more than 13,000, Ms Upston said she was keen to take on more responsibility this term.

Last week, Ms Upston was picked as one to watch for a promotion by the transtasman's editors' group which run their rule over New Zealand's MPs and rate their performance in 2011.

Roll Call looks at how they've performed in caucus, Cabinet, committee, the House, their electorate and the influence they bring or are likely to bring in various forums.

And they had only positive things to say about Ms Upston.

Her ranking for 2011 was 6, a jump from the 4.5 ranking she was given in 2010.

She was described as having ended her first term without tainting her good reputation, and given credit for her performance in the House and select committee.

"Impressed senior colleagues. Could be next in line for promotion."

Ms Upston said she was pleased with the result, although said they were just one of a variety of groups that comment on performance.

However, combined with her massive majority in the recent elections, she says it's a positive way to end the year.

"From my perspective I'm pleased that my ranking has improved."

Ms Upston said it was also nice to see her work around the House had been recognised.

"I've been quite deliberate about trying to do more in the House and I've always been very diligent with the select committee," she said.

"I think for me it reinforces that I'm on the right track.

"It caps off quite a good few months."

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