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David Shearer steps aside as Labour Leader

David
SHEARER
Labour Leader

22 August 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
David Shearer steps aside as Labour Leader
David Shearer has today informed his caucus that he is resigning as Labour Leader.

“I have been privileged to lead the Labour team for the past 20 months and I’m proud of the gains we have made in that time.

“But we need to do more. So the time has come for me to hand over to a new leader who can take Labour through to 2014.

“There was no letter there was no ultimatum, there was no vote. But from the soundings I have taken from colleagues I realise I no longer enjoy the confidence of a number of my caucus colleagues.

“It has been a challenging time off the back of the 2011 election result. We have rebuilt and reformed the Party and under my leadership, we have released a number of significant policies to improve peoples’ lives.

“KiwiBuild – which will put 100,000 families into their first, affordable home. NZ Power – which will bring down power bills for every Kiwi family and business. And there is much more to come.

“After spending the last 20 years of my life leading humanitarian and reconstruction projects overseas, I came home to New Zealand because I’m passionate about this country.

“We have a history to be proud of but I believe our best years lie in front of us. But to really take this country forward, we need a change of Government. We need a progressive Government with fresh ideas.

“We need a Labour-led Government.

“The ambitions of one person should never be larger than that greater purpose. It is time for someone else to take up the challenge of leader.

“I came into politics to make a difference. I believe I have done that. And I will continue to do so as a loyal member of the Labour team and the MP for Mt Albert.

“I would like to thank my fellow MPs and my staff for all their hard work. I wish them all the best for the future,” said David Shearer.

ENDS

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