Labour may revisit MMP’s “coat-tail” provisions if elected
Labour leader David Cunliffe says Labour may revisit MMP’s
“coat-tail” provisions if elected
David Cunliffe told TV1’s Q+A programme that his party
would “quite possibly” look at getting rid of the
“coat-tailing” provisions under MMP rules.
“Quite possibly. Because of course we proposed to the
current government that the coat-tails provisions be removed
in exchange for lowering the bar from 5% to 4%. That’s I
think a very popular mix of policies. National did not do
that. One might suggest because they wanted to keep ACT and
the Conservatives and United Future in play. And it's just
possible that that might go down in history as one of the
worst decisions that my opponent has made.”
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ONE plus 1. Repeated Sunday evening at 11:35pm. Streamed
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