Shearer confirmed as Labour leader

21:22, Feb 03 2013
DAVID SHEARER
DAVID SHEARER: Says he didn't lose sleep over the leadership vote.

The Labour Party has overwhelmingly re-elected David Shearer as its leader.

The vote came at a 9am meeting in West Auckland this morning.

Under new party rules - adopted under acrimony at last year's annual conference - Shearer needed to be endorsed by more than 60 per cent of MPs. 

Claps and cheers erupted after the announcement of the result.

Shearer said he did not know the exact result of the secret ballot but the result was an overwhelming majority.

Last year he had faced a threat to his leadership when he and David Cunliffe went head to head after the party's conference. Shearer won the support of his MPs, boosting his standing and performance.

New Lynn MP Cunliffe was demoted as finance spokesman following the stoush.

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