Labour to tax MPs to fund by-election?

It seems that Labour MPs have been told that they are going to have to pony up for the likely by-election in Mt Roskill should Phil Goff win the Auckland Mayoralty.

Many of them are none too happy about it either.

There isn’t enough of an insurrection to mount a coup but the talk is of the next-to-useless fundraising abilities of the president Nigel Haworth, and Andrew Little’s constant turn-off to business.

Concern, expressed by several MPs, around Labour’s inability to fund a by-election is that they won’t even get enough money to then fund the general election campaign less than a year later.   

If there is a by-election in Mt Roskill it is still likely to be in the election year, meaning the pressure is even greater.

With Labour no longer able to pay for UMR polling the feeling is that they are flying blind and having to rely on the wonky assessments of Rob Salmond.

The chatter is open and derisive now….but not enough for a coup. It seems most MPs I talk to are resigned to the fact that Labour will get a kicking come the election and the time to remove Andrew Little will be immediately after the loss.

If new polls emerge, though, that show the situation worsening for Little and Labour then all bets are off as they look to implement the “Moore Plan” to arrest flagging fortunes. I’m not sure that even that will save them at the moment.

The thought of funding a by-election right now may just be a step too far.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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