October 12, 2014
Maori caucus keen to size up aspirants
Labour’s Maori caucus is keen to hear from the four candidates for the party leadership.
Acting leader and finance spokesperson David Parker announced yesterday he was standing, joining former leader David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson and Andrew Little in the contest.
Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis would not be drawn on where his support lies, and says he wants to hear from all the candidates.
"The Maori caucus has decided we will give them a bit of time each by themselves and they can tell us why we should vote for them and then we will make a decision as to who we are going to vote for. I'm not sure if we will make a Maori caucus decision or whether we independently vote for who we think is best," he says.
Mr Davis says past support or even whether someone’s name is on the nomination form is not an indication of how people will vote, and MPs will be considering the wider good of the party.
Announcing his candidacy yesterday, David Parker said if Labour was not aiming for more than 50 percent of the vote it would lose.
He said the Labour Party will mark its centenary in two years time, and he was not prepared to let that milestone become a tombstone.
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