September 08, 2014
Cunliffe stands by his decision
Labour leader David Cunliffe is standing by his decision to rule out Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell from his cabinet, even if he helps him form the next Government.
Mr Cunliffe says if the voters give them a majority that Government will include just three parties – Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First.
Mr Flavell says Labour is panicking because it is polling badly and is being pushed into a corner by the other opposition parties.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has ruled out working with the Maori Party or Internet Mana. .
But Mr Cunliffe says Maori voters have to remember Mr Flavell has propped up National for the past six years.
" At a personal level I dont have a problem with him. He's a reasonable guy and could we talk to him after the election if he wanted to, yes we could. But I am being very clear with voters about how the land lies. John Key was holding fundraising do's for them at the Northern Club, they've been propping up the National Party for the last 6 years. A vote for the Maori Party is a vote for National. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise " he says.
David Cunliffe says a majority of Maori Party voters will still give Labour their electorate vote.
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