Parker pulls out of leadership race: now it’s Cunliffe vs Shearer

Labour leadership contender David Parker has announced that he is withdrawing from the race for the party’s leadership and throwing his support behind David Shearer. That leaves Shearer and David Cunliffe as the remaining contenders.

In a statement that he released today Parker said: “I am formally withdrawing from the leadership race of the Labour Party. I remain committed to Labour ideals and will work hard to achieve them for New Zealanders and the country.

“There is growing support for a new face to lead the Labour Party. I intend to support David Shearer in his bid.”

Stuff.co.nz reports that Shearer is eyeing up Grant Robinson as deputy, Parker as Finance spokesman and will give prominent roles to Jacinda Ardern and Shane Jones.

Shearer has only been in Parliament for two and a half years after winning Helen Clark’s old seat in the Mt Albert by-election.

This news is troubling for Cunliffe as Parker and Shearer would likely have taken votes from each other.  Momentum is definitely building for Shearer, who recently got the backing of the public in Close Up’s txt poll conducted on Wednesday 30th.

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