It would appear that with Laila Harre and now Willie Jackson moving to Labour that the hard left former Alliance members are in ascendance inside Labour.
Willie Jackson has dumped the Maori Party and is set to announce he is standing for Labour instead.
The Maori broadcaster and former Alliance MP was considering standing for the Maori Party in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate, but sources said he had since been approached by Labour and now planned to stand on the list for them instead.
It is expected to be announced by Jackson at Waitangi this weekend – where the Maori Party and Mana are also expected to announce the final outcome of their arrangement in the Maori seats.
Jackson is yet to respond to a request for comment.
It is understood Jackson had met with Labour leader Andrew Little and believes he will secure a high list ranking to secure his return to Parliament.