Stuff are reporting that David Parker has lost his bottle for the battle and pulled out of Labour’s leadership challenge. He is now backing David Shearer.
In a statement Parker said: “I am formally withdrawing from the leadership race of the Labour Party.¬†I remain committed to Labour ideals and will work hard to achieve them for New Zealanders and the country.
“There is growing support for a new face to lead the Labour Party. I intend to support David Shearer in his bid.”
It looks like Team Shearer is the front runner now.
Trevor Mallard must be gutted, though Stuff is reporting that Mallard had already jumped ship to Shearer. Nevertheless he has spent the last two days spreading murk and rumours about Shearer on behalf of Parker. Now he will have to fall into line.
It is clear now though that there is an “ABC” campaign in place now. Anyone But Cunliffe.
Parker’s main pitch was to protect the jobs of the older members of caucus. That promise has proven to be very hollow.