Moira quits, time for Tim to go, and Matt should pack his bags too

Election losses demand accountability, and when the election loss is as bad as Labour’s heads need to roll.
David Cunliffe has gone. Now Moira Coatesworth has gone.

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as President of the Labour Party and will stand down in mid-December.

Ms Coatsworth confirmed she had formally resigned and the party would elect a new President by postal ballot in mid-February to work with Andrew Little on making any changes required after the party’s post-election review.

She had earlier said she did not expect to stay on as President after holding the position for 3.5 years – working with four different leaders in quick succession – Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little.

Names which have been mentioned as possible contenders include Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and academic Nigel Haworth, Labour’s current policy director. Mr Leggett has previously expressed an interest, but his enthusiasm has reportedly waned.   

Ms Coatsworth said the timing was appropriate given the party had a new leader and the review of the party following its abysmal 25 per cent election result was due to report back at the end of December.

“My priorities were to have the leadership process completed and the review on track. Both of those are in place.”

Labour got rinsed under her watch, it is right that she should go.

But now the focus will go onto Tim Barnett, a man so lazy he won’t even pick up the phone to blag a donation.Labour were hamstrung in the last election by a lack of donations and a refusal of Barnett and Coatsworth to out and gather donations.

Mike “Fat Tony” Williams made some valid criticisms of the Labour Party machine.
However she and Labour’s party machinery have come under fire from some close to the party, including former President Mike Williams, for neglecting basics such as fundraising and getting bogged down on side issues such as the quota for women.
Labour were broke going into the election, and Fraser House sources were continually telling me about how bad at fundraising Tim Barnett and Moira Coatsworth were. Fortunately fundraising is not subjective. There are hard numbers. Tim and Moira either raised the money or the did not raise the money.
If they did not raise the money then it is not just Moira that should go. Tim Barnett needs to do the honourable thing and resign. You cannot hold your position when you have completely neglected the most basic role of the party, raising money to fight an election campaign.

They should all be gone, including the Chief of Staff, as his position is going to become increasingly untenable as more evidence is released regarding his involvement in Dirty Politics.

We are going to find out very clearly just precisely who was involved and there is going to be carnage on the left.



– NZ Herald

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