Will David Cunliffe stand himself down?

Labour seems to have differing standards when it comes to MPs under Police investigation.

Now that David Cunliffe himself is under police investigation which standard will he choose?

The Cunliffe Standard?

“John Banks said he cannot do justice to his role as ACT leader while fighting a court case on electoral fraud. That means he also cannot do justice to his role as MP for Epsom.

“The Prime Minister has lost his moral compass. He is once again putting the numbers ahead of principle.

“The right thing to do is to call John Banks into his office and ask him to resign as an MP now,” says David Cunliffe. 

The Goff Standard?

Darren Hughes has stood down as Labour’s education spokesman and chief whip as controversy swirls around a police complaint made against him.

The development was just announced by Labour leader Phil Goff, who said he had asked Hughes to stand down from the key roles after details of the allegations, which concern an alleged early morning incident in Wellington, were made public.

Goff said Hughes had agreed to the move and that he would remain in Parliament while the investigation continued.

“There is now a public controversy around the complaint. I believe that that maeks it impossible for Darren Hughes to do his job.

“As a consequence I’ve made a decision and Darren Hughes agrees that he should stand down from his role as spokesperson on education and chief whip pending the outcome of this police inquiry.

“He is staying in Parliament at this point.”


Or The Shearer Standard?

The Prime Minister should immediately stand John Banks down from his Ministerial portfolios in light of fresh allegations about donations to his mayoral campaign, says Labour Leader David Shearer.

So what is it to be David? Will you hold yourself to the same standards that you and other Labour leaders have used?

Or will you do a Len Brown and tough it out?

The law is the law and David Cunliffe broke it…the offence carries a signifiant fin, but the law is our electoral law, he very foundation of our democracy.

Will he stand himself down?

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