You can’t keep a good (Labour) man downBy Alan Tristram
Despite falling from power last year, Darren Hughes retains the affection of a huge number of voters in his former electorate, Ōtaki, and the country as a whole.
On his Summer (northern) holiday from his job as campaigns and research director at the UK Electoral Reform Society in London, Darren has been holiday in the U.S.
In Manhattan, he met up with former constituent Mel Warren, from Levin, who also went to Horowhenua College. Mel,too, happened to be on holiday.
Darren says: “Incredible to run into my old high school mate Mel who is holidaying in New York too. Long way from the corridors of Horowhenua College! We’re at Columbus Circle as creative backdrop makes clear.”
But she was able to go one better than Mel by inviting Darren to join her on holiday at the fabled Martha’s Vineyard in M assachusetts, New England.
Last weekend, Ms Clark put it this way: “It’s Labour Day Weekend in the USA, and I have retreated from the heat of Manhattan to lovely, tranquil Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast from Boston.
And in a Facebook message, she added: “Old friends have had a holiday home here for fifty years.
“It’s set in coastal vegetation with a magnificent view. Indigenous people have been able to keep their community intact on the island.
“European settlement goes back to the 17th Century – the towns & villages are quaint.
“Good to have Darren in New York and able to come too.”
Relocating to London
In April 2012 Hughes relocated from Wellington to the United Kingdom to become the Campaigns and Research Director of the Electoral Reform Society. 
And n London on August 25, just before he left on holiday, Mr Hughes was able to meet up again with a long-time colleague and friend, Labour’s finance spokesman David Parker to enjoy a lunch out at Borough Market.ry bench-mate and is now Labour’s finance spokesperson (or Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer as Darren calls him, British fashion).
Darren describes Parker as ‘one of the smartest and kindest Kiwis around.’