The Labour Leadership Tour is entering the home straight. There are two meetings scheduled today for Nelson and Wellington, then one in Dunedin on Sunday. Two more meetings after that and the public meeting marathon will be finished.
TV3 released a poll last night suggesting that amongst the general population David Cunliffe has the support of 39.6 percent. Shane Jones was second on 31.6 percent and Grant Robertson third on 28.8 percent.
The result amongst labour supporters was even more pronounced. Cunliffe received 45.6 percent support, Jones 28.1 percent and Robertson remained in third place on 26.4 percent.
Patrick Gower suggested that Shane Jones is a surprise contender in the leadership race. He has performed well and impressed a number of people. But this is a complex multi electorate vote where amongst the MPs at least Jones has only modest support and to overcome this he would have to do exceedingly well amongst members and the Trade Union affiliates. He will do pretty well amongst members but I think that his support amongst Trade Union affiliates will be low. He has put in a commendable effort but I would be surprised if he was not the first candidate to drop out.
David Cunliffe has a new video released.
If Grant Robertson’s camp or Shane Jones’ camp have more video feel free to point me to the link.
Meeting details for Saturday are:
1 – 3 pm Victory Community Centre, 2 Totara Street, Victory, Nelson
7 – 9 pm Wellington Girls College Hall, Pipitea Street, Wellington
And on Sunday:
3:30 – 5:30 pm Kings & Queens Performing Arts Centre, 270 Bay View Road, South Dunedin
To repeat previously stated details people entitled to attend the meetings include members, former members as long as they sign up again and new members who sign up at the door.
Media can attend but for the preliminaries and the speeches only.
If you are going you should get to the meeting early as there will be a vetting process and this could take some time. People should bring their membership cards or ortherwise photo ID so that they can be identified. Photos and social media can be taken and used during the open part of the meeting.
And a reminder that current members and those who have been financial members of the Party sometime between January 1 2011 and August 22 2013 but have not yet paid their membership for 2013 can renew their membership and vote, so long as they do so before 12.00am on Friday 6 September. New members will not be able to vote.
Finally for your vote to count you will have to list all candidates in preference. The second preferences of the third ranked candidate will then be distributed amongst the other candidates. There is an online voting option that works well and I recommend this.
And just in case anyone is not aware of this I am a supporter of David Cunliffe and a member of his LEC.