(ed:.this makes sense on so many levels..and of course if labour don’t win the election this year – little will be rolled – and ardern will lead the party..
i see the other contendor for that role – grant robertson – as cullen to arderns’ clark..)
Annette King is to stand down as deputy Labour leader and Andrew Little is backing Jacinda Ardern as her replacement.
Mrs King will also retire from Parliament at the September election – after more than 30 years in Parliament.
She said she had been considering her position for some time and after discussing the matter with her colleagues felt it was the right time to ‘pass on the baton’.
‘This is totally my decision.
” have always acted in the best interests of the party and at the forefront of my mind is ensuring Labour is in the best possible position to change the Government in September’.
Ms King was giving Jacinda Ardern her full support.
‘I have watched her political career blossom since she became an MP in 2008 and mentored her when she needed help.
After her emphatic victory in Mt Albert she’s well and truly ready to step up’.
She denied she had come under any pressure to step aside.