Shearer calls caucus meeting
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 1:45p.m.
By Peter Wilson
Labour MPs have been called to an urgent caucus meeting at 4pm tomorrow as party leader David Shearer moves to avert a challenge from David Cunliffe.
"I will be seeking the endorsement of my colleagues for the Labour leadership," he said today.
"I'm holding this vote to demonstrate that I have the support of my caucus and to put recent speculation to bed."
Mr Shearer wants an overwhelming vote of confidence from his MPs and he will almost certainly get it, but that might not be enough for Mr Cunliffe to give up a challenge at the formal leadership review in February.
"The endorsement I'm seeking will be in line with the decision made by Labour Party members at this weekend's conference that I must have at least 60 percent support of the caucus," he said.
"A formal endorsement vote will also still be held in February in accordance with the new rules approved by party members."
Those rules say unless the leader has the support of 60 percent of the caucus there will be a vote which party members and unions taking part.
Mr Cunliffe today pledged his support for Mr Shearer but said that didn't necessarily extend to the February review.
But he is believed to have overplayed his hand, and his supporters are understood to have dwindled to only eight or nine in the 34-member caucus.
Mr Shearer's supporters don't want the issue to drag on through the summer.
"He wants time to get the numbers together to destabilise the current leadership over the summer break so he can mount a challenge in February," senior whip Chris Hipkins said.
"I say to him if he thinks he can be the leader, if he thinks he has the support, bring it on."
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19/11/2012 8:17:33 p.m.
Seems to me the media has done a job on Cunniliffe. Trevor Mallard needs to learn to keep his drunken mouth closed around the press and Phil Goffs sneaking around trying to pull the party down in his oh so nice way. Pretty stink politics really. Go Jacinda with a leadership challenge tomorrow morn. They wouldnt see it coming. Now wouldnt that be a breath of fresh air. Anyone know what winstons up to?
19/11/2012 2:32:48 p.m.
Oh, Cunliffe! You have ruined it for everyone...for Shearer, the Labour Party and remarkably for yourself! Did you not have enough sense to back Shearer fully without any reservations? Had you done that and loyally and ably carried on your portfolio, impressing and endearing yourself to your colleagues and the country, then your turn would have come to you later easily. Wisdom, mate, wisdom!
19/11/2012 2:26:59 p.m.
David Hq wrote:
Then Shearer should RESIGN because we don't want him. We want Cunliffe.
19/11/2012 2:23:09 p.m.
Seriously under-estimating Mr nice guy wouldnt say boo to a goose can lead to seriously messing your pants, right Mr Cunliffe. Just get out of it and let Labour get on with it. David Shearer has my support. A win for Cunliffe now would see a rather large movement of supporters to the Greens.
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