Shearer moves to put down Cunliffe
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 5:05a.m.
By Peter Wilson, NZN Political Writer
Labour leader David Shearer will on Tuesday seek an overwhelming vote of confidence from his MPs in a bid to extinguish the threat posed by his rival David Cunliffe.
There won't be a challenge from Mr Cunliffe because he has ruled that out - but what he hasn't ruled out is taking on Mr Shearer at the formal leadership review in February.
Mr Shearer and his supporters in the 34-member caucus don't want the leadership issue to drag on through the summer and they're determined to end Mr Cunliffe's aspirations.
Mr Cunliffe on Monday pledged his loyalty to Mr Shearer and said there was no need for a vote before the February caucus meeting.
"If there is an early vote in caucus in the next few weeks I will be voting for him," he said.
"I wouldn't be surprised if it is unanimous."
That didn't silence his opponents.
"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," said chief whip Chris Hipkins.
"If he thinks he has the support, if he thinks he can be leader, bring it on."
The leadership crisis overshadowed Labour's annual conference at the weekend when media focused on it and sidelined important policy announcements.
Mr Cunliffe is believed to have overplayed his hand, and his supporters are understood to have dwindled to eight or nine.
Mr Shearer wants support on Tuesday from at least 60 percent of the caucus, and will almost certainly get it.
Under new rules adopted by the conference, a leader must submit to a challenge if less than 60 percent of MPs have confidence in him.
That would trigger a leadership vote with party members and affiliated unions taking part, as well as the caucus.
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21/11/2012 7:37:24 a.m.
please tell me they aren't going to fall into the same stupid trap National does of constantly replacing their leaders so no one knows who the hell they are?
given what national's Doing, the country can't afford them to be that flakey. (it might be able to if people didn't vote 'strategically' mind you.)
national's got to go, but labours hardly looking like a viable alternative at the moment.
20/11/2012 8:56:10 p.m.
Cherie, I don't know, but probably not anywhere around $50million
20/11/2012 5:23:31 p.m.
Is this the Cunliffe who attended Harvard University at the taxpayers expense?
20/11/2012 4:54:41 p.m.
Working on the UN gravy train does not make you a great leader.
And how much was he paid for this so called humanitarium work?
20/11/2012 4:12:56 p.m.
Correction, it has been about popularity, but Shearer's unwavering determination to make politics about issues is making some people think twice about that way of thinking.
20/11/2012 2:32:57 p.m.
people commenting obviously have little idear what makes a great leader... remember there was a movie about a king who had a stutter but was one of the best kings of england ever... its all about popularity these days and you are retarded if you think otherwise
20/11/2012 1:20:54 p.m.
Shearer should learn from Sun Tzu's manual - The Art of War - " Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer", written in around 480BC. Clarke did this and succeeded, unlike the back-stabbers Shipley and Gillard.
20/11/2012 11:13:39 a.m.
Dave, yet the Nanny state grows stronger under John Keys reign.
Double standards much?.
20/11/2012 10:55:35 a.m.
David Shearer vs John Key..Easy win for John Key. Shearer is obviously struggling and never really pick it up since after Phil Golf..He is just too nice...Cunliffe seems very unpopular within the Labour caucus but for my own personal view hes the best man to take on John Key..National would love to see David Shearer stays as Leader so that they can add on 3 more years to run our government..
20/11/2012 10:55:20 a.m.
losing the plot wrote:
And still Labour has no direction, no policies to promote and their best attribute is to slagging off the National party. Cunliffe has more substance to Shearer but too little too late and still a disjointed party. The housing policy is sunk as who is going to give up government owned land or parks and reserves for a state housing revival. Just another in-fight in a turkey house.
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