Vernon Small has tweeted that Andrew Little has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party.
Update: The result has been confirmed. From party president Moira Coatesworth:
“The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”
“Our members, caucus and affiliates had a very strong field of candidates to choose from. Andrew, David, Grant and Nanaia all ran strong campaigns and, collectively, they formed an attractive and compelling face for Labour. Our heartfelt thanks go to them for the positive and uplfting tone of the campaign, and for the personal effort they put in over the past seven weeks since the election was triggered”.
“Andrew has the leadership skills and the vision to win the trust of New Zealanders and take Labour to victory in 2017. I have no doubt he will go on to become a great Labour Prime Minister who builds a stronger, fairer and more sustainable New Zealand.”
Andrew Little was elected by a majority in the third round of a preferential four-way Electoral College contest. The turnout in the Party section was just under 70% (7% more than in 2013), and Party individual financial membership has increased by over 48% since General Election Day September 20th 2014.
Andrew Little is Labour’s 15th leader in the party’s 98 year history.