Labour’s leadership contender says Labour’s house is divided.
We’ve known that since Helen Clark departed, and so have the voters. It doesn’t take a rocket scientists to see it.
Labour’s acting leader David Parker has confirmed that he will be entering a bid for the Party leadership.
Announcing his bid in Auckland this afternoon, Mr Parker said he will restore the party’s focus, passion and drive so it can become a unifying force for New Zealanders.
He said he had been approached by New Zealanders “from all walks of life” in the past 10 days asking him to stand.
“In less than two years the New Zealand Labour Party will mark its centenary – its 100th birthday.
“I am simply not prepared to let this milestone become a tombstone.
“A tombstone for a once great party that once did great things for New Zealand.”
If successful in his bid, Mr Parker said he would review all of Labour’s policies.
“We lost badly and I get it.”
Mr Parker said Labour needed to get its house in order.
“History teaches us a house divided against itself cannot stand.
“All of us claim to be able to unite the caucus and the party.
“From unity comes strength. Unity also brings confidence – and success.
“I believe I am that leader.”