Labour’s Leadership Election

Labour’s constitution says the following.

Election of the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party – the Leader must be a Member of Parliament; an election for the position of Leader is triggered if there is a vacancy, or if requested by a simple majority of Caucus (at any time), or if the Leader fails to obtain the support of 60% plus 1 of the Caucus membership in a vote held within three months after a General Election (and in February 2013, as a one-off); the Electoral College comprises 40% party members, 40% Caucus (both One Member One Vote), and 20% affiliates (varying voting systems); the first version of administrative rules will be developed by NZ Council, in conjunction with the Caucus, by end 2012.

So David Cunliffe putting the leadership up for grabs was mandated anyway.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has promised to put his party’s leadership on the line before Christmas after leading it to what has been described as a “tragic” defeat.

Labour slumped to 24.7 per cent support, down from 27.5 per cent in 2011 and the party’s worst result in decades.

But Cunliffe, elected leader little over a year ago, will not walk away from the drubbing.

Speaking this morning on TV One’s Q+A programme, he said a leadership vote “should be over by Christmas”.

“I don’t believe that rotating leaders is the key to changing and upgrading our party, if I did then I would simply stand down now.”

David Cunliffe also told The Nation that in any leadership primary he will be standing.

I can imagine his pitch…”Ok, ok I was f*cked last time, but I promise I’ll be less f*cked next time.”

See how that runs David…not well is my prediction.

Labour really needs to be smarter about selecting their leader.

They cannot get the guy that appeals the most to the base or he will tank Labour’s vote like Cunliffe has.

They need to get their version of Pinko Farrar to do the research necessary to see who can win over middle New Zealand.

Our pinko mate is bloody good at what he does but someone on the left should be able to do what he has done.


– Fairfax

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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