The Herald reports:
Labour MP David Cunliffe has had a bruising fall in politics but intends to run for Parliament again in 2017.
Since Labour’s disastrous election result under Mr Cunliffe’s leadership in 2014, he has lost the leadership and was demoted to the backbenches by leader Andrew Little in November, a clear hint he should reconsider his political future.
Yesterday, Mr Cunliffe said it was his intention to stand again despite the torrid 18 months he’d had. “That’s the plan. I’m happy to be the MP for New Lynn and I’ve got work to do there.”
He indicated he was hoping for redemption within caucus. “Politics is a rollercoaster. You know that and I’ve been around long enough to know that.”
Cunliffe’s electorate is very loyal to him so if he wants to stay on, then he’ll win the selection.
I suspect Andrew Little would rather there were fewer ex-leaders hanging about!