Is Labour struggling to get people to go to their conference?

Things must be pretty dire in Labour right now because Iain Lees-Galloway has taken to emailing members of the National Party begging them to come to conference to hear Andrew Little speak.

Dear friend,

As a key stakeholder who has been engaged with the Parliamentary Labour Party, I would like to invite you to attend Andrew Little’s first speech as Leader to our Party Conference in Palmerston North on Sunday 8th November.

The event will be an opportunity to hear Andrew set out his vision for New Zealand. He will talk about how as Kiwis, our hopes and dreams are becoming harder to achieve and that we can – and should – do things differently.

Places are strictly limited, but we would be delighted if you could attend.

If you would like to come, please click here to RSVP.

The speech will start at 1.30pm, and the venue is the Regent on Broadway.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email and I’ll be back in touch ASAP.

Best wishes,


Iain Lees-Galloway
MP for Palmerston North

Our tipster emails:

Quite how I count as a “key stakeholder who has been engaged with the Parliamentary Labour Party”, I’m not sure. But I’m guessing there aren’t many people going to the Labour Party conference, if the MP for the host city is having to send e-mails to members of other political parties to put bums on seats!

Labour sources tell me that they are struggling to get people to go to conference, mainly because it is in Palmerston North, which is not easy to get to. Most out-of-towners would require two flights to get there. And of course it is Palmerston North.

You do have to wonder why Labour chose Palmerston North though. Word from inside Labour is Palmerston North was a sop to Lees-Galloway from David Cunliffe as payback for backing him in the leadership stakes prior to the election.

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