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Chris Trotter: A matter of trust

On the face of it, you’d have to say that allowing party members to vote in Labour’s leadership elections was a big mistake. Two leaders have been elected under the new rules: neither of whom proved equal to the task of expanding Labour’s vote. David Cunliffe led Labour to its worst defeat since the 1920s, and Andrew Little was about to take Labour’s Party Vote into the teens. What saved the day was a rule allowing Labour’s caucus to choose the party leader, unassisted, but only if the position becomes vacant within three months of . . .

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