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David Cunliffe wins Labour leadership contest, defeating Grant Robertson and Shane Jones
New Lynn MP David Cunliffe has been chosen as Labour's new leader, succeeding David Shearer.
Here's the statement released by the Labour Party following Cunliffe's victory over Shane Jones and Grant Robertson. And full details of the voting can be seen here.
David Cunliffe has been elected as the Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party.
David Cunliffe was elected by a majority in the first round of a preferential three-way Electoral College contest also involving Grant Robertson and Shane Jones.
Moira Coatsworth, Party President, said today:
“The Labour Party congratulates David Cunliffe on his win. David has been elected by a robust and democratic process and has won on the first round with a clear majority. This gives him a strong mandate as leader and he has the full support of the Labour Party.
“Our caucus, members and affiliates had a very strong field of candidates to choose from, and our heartfelt thanks go to David, Grant and Shane for the positive and uplifting tone of the campaign.
“David Cunliffe has the leadership skills and the vision to win the trust of New Zealanders and take Labour to victory in 2014. I have no doubt he will go on to become a great Labour Prime Minister who builds a stronger, fairer and more sustainable New Zealand.”
David Cunliffe is Labour’s 14th leader in the 97 years since the Party was born.