(Sent out to all Labour members today and posted by Chooky in comments)
One of the most important challenges we must confront is rebuilding our Party and our movement.
If we’re going to be ready to win in 2017, we need to represent and serve more people, in our community and our affiliates. Our policies have to be tied to the interests and goals of more New Zealanders.
We have to be crystal clear about what we stand for: making sure people earn a decent wage, can live with dignity, and get a fair deal at work. If New Zealanders aren’t getting a fair go in the health system, the courtroom, or the classroom, our caucus needs to be united and proactive about campaigning for them.
Here are my ideas for making that happen. I call it my Five-Point Plan. It’s simple, practical, and realistic.
1. Greater coordination across the Labour movement
We have to remain relevant and represent more New Zealanders. A Labour Party I lead will:
2. A clear sense of purpose
It’s not enough to want to be in government. Caucus and the Party need a clear sense of what Labour stands for. A Labour Party I lead will:
3. Real community engagement
MPs and candidates are a national voice for local issues. A Labour Party I lead will:
4. Constant campaigning
An effective Opposition not only keeps the Government in check, but campaigns for positive change. A Labour Party I lead will work with the General Secretary and Party President to:
5. Review our policies
Too much of our policy is presented as if we are still in Government. We must present a carefully prioritised set of policies without losing sight of our vision and values. A Labour Party I lead will:
This is the plan which will get us back and ready to win in 2017. That’s why I’m asking for your first preference in the Labour leadership vote.
If any other leadership candidates want to share their plans, drop us a line.