In an incident described by a witness as “humiliating”, Mr Cunliffe arrived at a meeting of the Business and Parliament Trust on Wednesday to find fellow MP David Parker in his place.
A staffer from the office of leader David Shearer decided to replace the New Lynn MP after his front-bench demotion – but no-one thought to tell Mr Cunliffe.
This tells you a lot about the current state of affairs.
- Staffers in Labour decide which MPs sit on which committees or trusts
- They didn’t even inform their Leader of their decisions
- They didn’t think they should even inform the MP they were sacking from the trust, that he had been sacked
It is going to be fascinating to observe them trying to run a country, should they win the election.