David Shearer has reacted with anger and petulance and banished David Cunliffe to the back benches.
Labour MPs have unanimously endorsed leader David Shearer in an afternoon caucus, while MP David Cunliffe has been stripped of his front bench position and his portfolios.
Labour leader David Shearer announced the demotion after he secured a unanimous endorsement from his caucus at an urgent meeting this afternoon.
Mr Shearer said Mr Cunliffe was unable to show loyalty.
“His actions at the weekend were disappointing not only to me but to many party members. That, along with his repeated failure to quell speculation about the leadership means that I no longer have confidence in him.”
He said there was a “robust discussion” in caucus and it was possible Mr Cunliffe could return to the front bench if he proved his loyalty.
“I regret having to take the action I have today but he has left me with no alternative.”
What is he supposed to do? Eat the entrails of a new born baby then swear on the Labour party manifesto while plunging a dagger into his thumb while kissing the portrait of Michael Joseph Savage?
Labour have ballsed this up…they have failed to learn from the lesson of history…I couldn’t be happier.