October 31, 2013
Labour conference looks to election year
Labour goes into its conference in Christchurch this weekend with latest polls showing its prospects of forming the next government are increasing.
The Roy Morgan poll measured its support at 35.5 percent, meaning it would need to form a coalition with the Greens, who polled 11 percent, and also win support from New Zealand First.
National had 42 percent support but its coalition partners ACT, United Future and the Maori Party will need to retain their electorate seats to contribute.
List MP Shane Jones says he’s not counting on any goodwill from the Maori Party when it comes to getting the numbers to govern.
"You know we just think that the Maori Party will always support John Key and we must never forget, that although Tari has sought to turn herself into a Maori Mother Theresa it was Labour that bought Tariana into politics and it wasnt Labour that left Tariana, Tariana left Labour. So I dont think the Maori Party can be relied upon for Labour but with Mana and Hone yeah most certainly," says Shane Jones.
The conference will consider a proposal to create a Maori-only committee to rank the Maori candidates for the party list.
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