The Herald reports:
David Cunliffe would like to remain Labour leader and take the party into the 2017 election, even if the party loses at the September 20 election.
“In general, and with any new leader, you go through a learning curve,” he said.
“I think there is a very strong argument that it would be a waste of time, energy and resources to go through that process and start again.”
Asked if he planned to stay on no matter what the result, he said, “Unless I feel like I have done such a bad job that it would be in the interests of the party for me not to put myself forward – if that question arises.”
If Labour gets a lower vote percentage that they got under Goff in 2011, then I can’t see how he can make a case for staying. If he gets Labour into the 30s, then his position is strengthened and he probably can carry on despite the lack of confidence from his caucus. If Labour’s results is between 27.5% and 30%, that is the uncertain zone.