The Media Party putsch for Jacinda Ardern to take over as Andrew Little’s deputy has failed.
Andrew Little in a ham-fisted mess of an announcement first of all blabbed about who it was to one media outlet, then hastily arranged a presser to announce that he is “consolidating”.
Labour leader Andrew Little is keeping Annette King as his deputy through to the next election.
He chose the veteran MP for the position when he became leader nearly a year ago, saying he would decide in 12 months whether to keep her on or make a change.
His announcement today ended speculation that Jacinda Ardern might replace Ms King.
Mr Little says Ms Ardern didn’t seek the job, and told him she didn’t want it.
He’s going to reshuffle his caucus and announce a new line-up at the end of November, after the party’s annual conference.
Mr Little says he and Ms King work very closely together. Read more »