February 09, 2017
No angels in Labour list furore
Labour leader Andrew Little is trying to shut down internal criticism of his attempt to secure a high list placing for broadcaster and former Alliance MP Willie Jackson.
Christchurch East MP Poto Williams met Mr Jackson last night to discuss her statement that his attitude towards victims of sexual abuse did not match what she expected of a member of the Labour Party caucus.
Mr Little says the more high profile someone is, the more there is in their life that can come under scrutiny, but there is a process in caucus for dealing with that.
He says what Mr Jackson does with the Manukau Urban Maori Authority and and other community positions fits with Labour's policies and values.
"No one is an angel, no one is perfect, we all have our flaws and people do things that are wrong and they can do things that are seriously wrong but you have got to give people a chance to be redeemed. I back Willie and I am confident he can come in and be a great contributor and team member to Labour," Mr Little says.
Final decisions on Labour's list placing are made by a 22-strong moderating group.
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