Labour MPs react to anti-Cunliffe claims
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 4:26p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
It was a question Labour MPs loved to avoid today: Why does the party hate David Cunliffe so much?
The question, sparked by 3 News Political Editor Duncan Garner’s recent blog, had the party’s caucus ducking-and-diving, with MPs denying dissension in the ranks.
The blog pointed to in-fighting and suggested many of Labour’s hierarchy wanted Mr Cunliffe banished.
Garner says Labour's MPs distrusted Mr Cunliffe, thought he was lazy, and wanted to start a trust fund to keep him overseas.
Before their weekly caucus meeting, 3 News political reporters Patrick Gower and Tova O’Brien asked several Labour MPs what they thought of the claims.
Mr Cunliffe, who has recently returned from an overseas trip, refused to address the allegations.
“I’m back and I’m refreshed and I’m ready to take the fight to the Government with our team,” he says.
Labour leader David Shearer stood behind Mr Cunliffe when asked about the allegations, and said he “wasn’t going to go there”.
Deputy leader Grant Robinson said the party didn’t hate Mr Cunliffe, and David Parker said the entire ordeal was “rubbish”.
Jacinda Ardern, Charles Chauvel and Trevor Mallard refused to comment on the issue.
Watch the video for footage of how the MPs reacted
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15/08/2012 12:37:26 p.m.
labour really do need new blood. There really is no on currently in parliament for them that has the aura of a leader.
14/08/2012 7:23:13 p.m.
Labour is divided and falling apart, Shearer is weak and pathetic, Cunliffe is hated and nasty - take your pick. National are laughing all the way to the next election.
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