June 04, 2014
Cunliffe pledges to end coat tailing
Labour leader David Cunliffe is promising a Labour-led Government would end coat-tailing within 100 days of being elected – even if it upsets potential support parties.
National rejected a recommendation from the Electoral Commission to end the rule that would allow support parties like ACT, United Future and Colin Craig’s Conservatives to bring in extra MPs if they win both an electoral seat and more than 1.6 percent of the party vote.
It’s also the mechanism the Internet Mana Alliance wants to use.
Mr Cunliffe says for Labour it’s a point of principle, and Ian Lees Galloway’s members bill to get rid of it has been drawn from the ballot.
"And I want to challenge Prime Minister John Key right here and now to support that bill and remove the coat tailing provisions for good. Furthermore, I am going to commit right now that in the first 100 days of a Labour Government I lead, we will introduce government legislation that removes coat tailing. No if, no buts, no maybes, it will be gone. It’s wrong," he says.
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