We all know that the Labour Party is flat broke.
That is a given, so who’s going to be funding the tour of the Labour Leadership contenders as the tiki tour around the country?
Taxpayers are already being forced to pay for a by-election in Christchurch East as the rats jump the sinking Labour ship – are we going to be paying for this #Laboursgottlent contest as well?
Labour’s MPs, members and affiliated unions will elect their new leader on September 15 and contestants will be subject to a code of conduct to try to stop the battle descending into personal attacks.
The party’s NZ Council announced the timeframe today for the leadership election after David Shearer announced he was stepping down yesterday.
Party President Moira Coatsworth said nominations are now open and will close on August 26.
Those contesting it will then travel around the country for 10 days to address members. Members and will be able to vote at those meetings or by postal ballot.
If there is only one nomination, a vote will not be needed.
There is no way that contesting the leadership for the Labour party is a proper use of parliamentary resources. I hope somone complains to the Speaker or at least brings it to his attention so a stern message can be dispatched to Labour that campaigning should not be done on the taxpayer’s bill.