Why Chris Hipkins is just what Labour needs right now

From Stuff

New Labour party whip Chris Hipkins has sounded a warning shot to caucus members dissatisfied with the election of the party’s new leadership team.

”Everyone of our 34 MPs has got a really important role to play. We don’t have a lot of room for people to be disgruntled. So, it’s going to be really important that everyone pulls their weight, gets behind the leadership team and makes it happen.”

He added: ”I have absolute confidence that David Cunliffe and Nanaia Mahuta…that their first commitment has always been to the Labour party and that they will absolutely do their fair share.”

One of the reasons that Phil Goff’s leadership really struggled over the last three years was that he was constantly being undermined and second-guessed, often from within his own party.

It’s very good to hear these sorts of things from the new chief whip. To get ahead in this parliamentary term, the Labour team (both party and parliamentary) are going to be unified behind the leadership. There is no room for anything else. Hipkins obviously understands this, which is encouraging indeed.

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