Greens suspend leadership challenger

Last updated 10:41 24/02/2014
David Hay
CHALLENGER: Epsom Green candidate David Hay.

Relevant offers

Politics

Data suggests Labour out till 2020 Beehive Live: Twitter tussle Moveable feast for leadership South Korean free trade agreement 'close' Leadership goes beyond charisma McCully scolds 'impotent' Security Council over Syria David Cunliffe's wife in Twitter potshots Turia's 'beaten wives' slur rejected by Labour's Davis Election jitters see confidence fall Russian trade deal in limbo

Greens candidate David Hay has been suspended from the party for a year after challenging Russel Norman for the co-leadership.

Hay stood for the party in the Epsom electorate in 2011, but fell out of favour last year when he went after Norman's job.

In December, he said both Norman and co-leader Metiria Turei had betrayed the Greens' core principles and should resign.

In a statement issued this morning the party confirmed his membership was suspended "following an investigation into misconduct."

A panel found his behaviour breached party rules. A report recommended a "cooling down" period of one year, after which Hay can reapply for membership.

It said Hay admitted breaking the rules by attacking the leadership through the media and releasing internal party documents.

But the report also found he had a genuine grievance because he was barred from the candidate pool based on some allegations of which there was no evidence.

The report added: "He could be a valuable member after some reflection on what it takes to be part of a team."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should David Cunliffe lead Labour again?

Yes

No

Not sure

Vote Result

Related story: Cunliffe, Robertson trade blows

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content