Things are getting ugly inside Labour:
Some Labour MPs are openly gunning for David Cunliffe and have called his actions “dishonest” after Mr Cunliffe told media this morning that no leadership challenge was imminent, but he would not rule it out in February.
Labour MP and senior whip Chris Hipkins said Mr Cunliffe had “openly undermined the current leadership” and should either openly challenge Mr Shearer or leave.
“He’s made it clear he intends to challenge for the leadership. I think saying he’s not going to do so until February is dishonest and disingenous. He needs to bring it on.”
He said Mr Cunliffe should be open and upfront about his intentions.
“Weasel words about supporting the leader for now simply don’t cut it.”