Shearer to lead Labour into election

VERNON SMALL
Last updated 20:48 16/11/2012

Relevant offers

National News

Dunedin cyclist in critical condition after collision with ute in Fairfield Liverpool thump last-place Aston Villa in Premier League Joseph hat-trick powers England to big Six Nations win in Italy Devastating De Villiers steers South Africa to ODI series win over England Pope Francis to bring message of hope to gritty Mexico City suburb Welbeck returns to score late Arsenal winner against Leicester West Indies stun India to win maiden U-19 Cricket World Cup Death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia upends the presidential race Melbourne Victory next to cop Football Federation Australia's wrath over fans Adelaide United's winning streak continues with win over Central Coast Mariners

Labour leader David Shearer has told the party faithful he will lead them into government in two years' time.

"We are well on our way to victory in 2014,'' he said in his opening remarks to the party's annual conference in Auckland tonight.

Under fire from critics heading into the conference,  he acknowledged there would be "robust debate", but said  he would be Leader of the Opposition "for only two more years" and lead the party to a win in two years time.

Mr Shearer's keynote speech will wrap up the conference on Sunday.

It is expected to focus on housing policy.

All of the  party's 34 MPs are attending the conference, although Shane Jones will tomorrow  fly to former MP Stuart Nash's Hawke's Bay wedding before returning for Mr Shearer's speech on Sunday.

Former prime minister Helen Clark is in Auckland and it is understood she will meet members at a social event but not attend the conference, being held at the Ellerslie Event Centre.

Tomorrow delegates debate constitutional changes including rules governing the election of leaders.

The party leadership today  met more than 100 business representatives behind closed doors.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content