Shearer blasts Cunliffe for 'undermining leadership'

Last updated 17:23 20/11/2012
Fairfax NZ

David Shearer claims leadership victory after the Labour caucus gives him unanimous support.

cun std
MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ
WALK OF SHAME: David Cunliffe walks into the urgent Labour caucus meeting at 4pm.

Relevant offers

Politics

Greg Sayers opposes Mayor Phil Goff's 'pillow tax' Council shake-up sees new deputy mayor appointed without vote, or discussion Manawatu Tenants' Union demands more state housing and affordable rents Gerry Brownlee says Kiwis fall outside proposed Australian tax on foreign land purchasers Colin Craig threatened to 'destroy' Rachel MacGregor, court told Tax cuts 'very important', but not top priority for most Kiwis Public pressure put on Otago Regional Council to show passion and be proactive Is Steven Joyce's first Budget a family affair? Paula Bennett met State Services Commissioner about watchdog's handling of MOT fraudster Ngaro: 'I own my words, and they were wrong' - minister publicly apologises for comments

Labour's David Shearer has demoted David Cunliffe from the front bench after his "disappointing" failure to quell speculation of a takeover bid.

Labour MPs were summoned to Wellington for an urgent 4pm meeting today to vote on the leadership of the party.

Shearer said at a press conferenceafterwards this was to end speculation on his leadership and reported that the caucus had unanimously backed his leadership.

Cunliffe, who was on the front bench ranked at fifth place, would be demoted into an unranked member of caucus.

A replacement in the economic development portfolio would be announced soon.

Shearer said for Labour to accomplish its "ambitious" housing plan, announced at the weekend, he needed complete loyalty from MPs.

"Sadly Mr Cunliffe has not been able to show that loyalty," he said.

"His actions at the weekend were disappointing. I no longer have confidence in him he has lost my trust.

 

"After the leadership contest last year, I public expressed my support for David Cunliffe and appointed him to the front bench as a sign of my respect for him and desire for us to work together.

"I regret having to take the action I have today but he has left me with no alternative."

 

"He has been undermining my leadership, he has been unable to endorse my leadership, he has sought to further his own ambitions and all of that together is unacceptable."

Speculation of a challenge by Cunliffe overshadowed last weekend's annual conference and housing policy announcement.

Cunliffe yesterday welcomed the urgent vote, saying he would back Shearer.

Related Story:

Shearer Expected To Have 100 Per Cent Backing

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

Vote Result

Related story: Voters reject riding on the coat-tails

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content