The leaks have started already…it seems all is not well in Labour right now.
- The new Chief of Staff is to be Sarah Clark.
- Half the office has been sacked or resigned.
- Only 4 researchers on deck today
Not happy campers is the feeling.
UPDATE: More news from the beltway.
Rumours doing the rounds that two NZF staffers are set to cast themselves adrift from Winston and go and work for Cunliffe. They’re both Leader’s Office people that originally worked for Labour anyway. Two big Cunliffe cheerleaders.
Sources reveal that these plans have been in place since September/October last year, not long before the Labour Party
conference, Api Dawson told a few people that Cunliffe was planning a clean out of the leader’s office and had offered him a job. The expectation was that Cunliffe would challenge Shearer in February and win.
In May this year, Cunliffe was overheard telling Api and another NZF staffer that he would hire them if he got the leadership.
That conversation took place at going away drinks for a member of Cunliffe’s staff in the Beehive bar.
Grant’s people are freaking out big time.
Everyone’s waiting to see what Cunliffe pulls out for question time.
Whisperings that it could be the shortest political-media honeymoon ever if he doesn’t deliver.