David Cunliffe has just finished a media conference in which he announced a full leadership vote before Christmas:
The party suffered its worst election result in 92 years at the weekend, obtaining just 24 percent of the party vote.
“I, as leader, am responsible for that result,” Mr Cunliffe said this morning. “Voters are always right. We are not yet seen as a credible alternative.”
Mr Cunliffe says he has thrown his “hat in the ring” for the top job.
“[But], if the leader isn’t me, I will get behind the new one.” . . .
There are already six contenders to replace him.
The party needs to do a full post-mortem and the leadership is part of that.
But this announcement will mean the party’s leadership woes will linger until the vote and delay any action on any other changes.
Labour needs to change a lot more than its leader and unless the members and unions back someone the caucus also backs a new leader could make matters worse.