Matthew Hooton’s Manchurian candidate has been successful with the right wing take over of the Labour party under David Shearer.
The Labour caucus has just held a secret ballot to determine the party’s new leader, a post vacated by Phil Goff after the election.
The two contenders, David Cunliffe and David Shearer, had arrived early at Parliament today, as did deputy contenders Nanaia Mahuta and Grant Robertson.
The deputy’s race has been won by Grant Robertson.
This will be the firstÂ Labour leader to have made the decision to run while drinking Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2004 at Matthew Hooton’s house the day after the election.
The VRWC are victorious. David Shearer now has to preside over a bitterly divided caucus. Expect fireworks.
Now I’ll settle down to watch the toy chucking.