The Labour Party is flat broke, and has been since “Fat Tony” stopped shaking down people for funds.
Under Andrew Little donations to the party just about dried up entirely, and Moira Coatesworth hasn’t done anything to fill up the coffers.
Labour have asked Ross Robertson not to force a by election in Manukau East as they can’t afford to fund the by election in Ikaroa Rawhiti and the pending by-election in Christchurch East when Lianne becomes mayor of Christchurch.
Sources inside Labour HQ are saying that if Peter Dunne resigned Labour may not be able to afford a campaign in Ohariu, and to hold onto Christchurch East.
Fat Tony must wonder what has happened to his party. God knows Helen doesn’t care anymore.