Moira Coatesworth has been hopeless as a fundraiser, and all these by-elections are getting expensive.
Her one solution is to tax caucus members more, and sources inside the Labour caucus are saying this is not going down well and Moira needs to start raising more money or leave, rather than taxing them more.
Moira’s empty war chest means Clayton Cosgrove is the presumptive candidate for Christchurch East. Moira doesn’t have the money so the three HQ votes will go to the man who won’t bankrupt the party. He will only need one of the other four votes to secure the selection.
Labour has problems with its lack of money.
You can’t fight a campaign if you don’t have finances. Caucus should tell Moira to spend less time promoting gays and womens groups and more hard work raising money.