Breaking: Stuff is saying that Cunliffe has asked David Parker to be his deputy in a Breaking banner.
Audrey Young at the NZ Herald is claiming this will be Cunliffe’s recommendation to caucus.
Labour leader David Cunliffe has recommended David Parker as his deputy leader.
Leadership rival Grant Robertson will be leader of the House.
An interesting choice, and I imagine Parker will get finance. But the final vote for deputy is made by caucus, not Cunliffe.
I was hoping a bit for a female deputy. I hope that there is a strong female presence in Cunliffe’s team. And Maori? Shane Jones role/s?
Will update as more information comes out. Meanwhile, what are your choices for Cunliffe’s front bench?
[Update] Tracy Watkins on Stuff:
Labour leader David Cunliffe has announced that he will be asking finance spokesman David Parker to be his deputy leader.
It’s not clear if Robertson as Leader of the House has been confirmed:
Cunliffe said Robertson would be Labour’s leader of the House instead.
Robertson said it was a consensus decision.
Cunliffe would not confirm that he had offered the position to Robertson.
He would only say that he had “sounded out” Robertson on his preferences.
Robertson would not say either if Cunliffe had offered him the job, or if he would have taken the job if offered.
“I hadn’t made any decision about that. I had some good discussions with David yesterday.”
Robertson’s appointment as Leader of the House means Labour veteran Trevor Mallard has been demoted.
I’m not sure how Cunliffe’s recommendation of Parker for deputy fits with Labour’s recent democratisation of their procedures.
The above linked Herald article is updated saying Parker will retain finance.
[Update 2] Watkins article has now been further updated, with a focus on a “showdown” between Cunliffe and Key in Question Time today. Typical MSM infotainment – they want big drama, rather than a serious focus on serious issues, and how the opppsotion of Cunliffe’s team develops over time. She also adds an attempt to stress potential conflicts within Cunliffe’s team at the bottom of the article.
Conflict, drama, diversion, avoiding the serious issues – all dominant characteristics of neoliberal infotainment coverage of news and politics by the corporate media.
[Update 3] David Parker is confirmed as Cunliffe’s Deputy.
David Parker has been confirmed as deputy leader of the Labour Party.
”David Parker will make an outstanding deputy,” leader David Cunliffe said in a statement.
”He is a man of intellect and integrity, with the Labour values of opportunity and fairness at his core. I could not be happier with his elevation.
Parker will remain as the party’s finance spokesman, with Grant Robertson taking the employment portfolio, and Shane Jones remaining as economic development spokesman. Sue Moroney will be senior whip, with Iain Lee-Galloway as junior whip