Shearer to lead Labour?

John Tamihere certainly thinks so:

If Labour lose the election then Phil Goff will be forced down and David Shearer could emerge as his replacement amid the factional carnage, former Labour Minister John Tamihere said today.

Speaking on the iPredict Election 2011 programme broadcast on Stratos television, Tamihere said Goff would not get a chance to fight another election.

Those factions that put him into power inside Labour would remove him.

“It is just a matter of timing… Is it the first caucus (after the election) or is it February?’’ Tamihere said.

Many have tipped Labour’s finance spokesman David Cunliffe as Goff’s successor, but Tamihere and fellow panelist Matthew Hooton were dismissive.

Cunliffe was only in the frame because Labour had failed to inject new talent and had a “very poor list’’, Tamihere said.

“They need a clean out.’’

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