Topic: Politics

Davis speaks out on Cunliffe's resignation as Labour Party leader

Te Tai Tokerau's MP Kelvin Davis is looking ahead at leadership issues surrounding the Labour Party, following David Cunliffe's resignation yesterday.

Davis says what the Māori caucus do not want, is a repeat of certain aspects of Labour's recent past.

"One thing we will not be doing as we move forward, as seen in the recent past, is causing division within our own party ranks and delivering messages that are not connecting with our nation".

There was much disappointment from within the party itself at the dismal party percentage vote of 24% gained at the recent general election, on the other hand their Māori candidates took out 6 of the 7 seats.

The Māori caucus of the party will be meeting together for the first time as caucus this Tuesday and discuss their position on the issue of leadership will be key.

Despite his resignation, David Cunliffe has also put his name back in the hat, so has Grant Robertson who lost out to Cunliffe in the same situation last year.

Although Davis won't give us his preferred name at this point, he is definite about who will most influence his decision making.

A source tells Te Kāea it will take around a month for the internal decision making process of re-appointing the new Labour Leader, to be completed.

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