David Cunliffe wins, strong support from members and unions

A short time ago David Cunliffe was announced as the new leader of the Labour party. His victory was delivered by a strong vote in the membership and the unions. Caucus was a lock for Grant Robertson and the ABCs, but not enough to overpower union muscle where Cunliffe scored 70%.

Labour now have the leader they deserve.

UPDATE: The numbers from Farrar.

Robertson narrowly won the caucus vote, Cunliffe got 60% of the members and 70% of the unions.

  • The caucus voted Robertson 47%, Jones 21%, Cunliffe 32%.
  • The members voted Robertson 27%, Jones 13%, Cunliffe 60%
  • The unions voted Robertson 17%, Jones 12%, Cunliffe 71%

This means Cunliffe got just 11 out of 34 votes in caucus, Jones got 7 and Robertson 16.

I’ve been working on a little video to celebrate.

Grant Robertson’s tilt at leadership is over. Someone has prepared this downfall video for Grant and his supporters to enjoy.

Trevor Mallard and Chris Hipkins will now be very nervous, as will the other ABC members. Clare Curran may as well sign up to Seek.

National won’t be losing any sleep though, they will enjoy watching Labour’s new leader self destruct under the impact of his own ego.

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