Act's 32-year-old sole MP and parliamentary newcomer could be
up for a salary of $226,300 and a sizeable package of funding
to run his office and Act's parliamentary operations if Prime
Minister John Key gives him a ministerial portfolio.
Labour leader David Cunliffe is expected to resign within
three days but is still seriously considering going back into
battle to reclaim the leadership, despite his own supporters
urging that it is time to give up.
Supporters of David Cunliffe are being blamed for leaking a
breakdown of how unions and party members voted in last
year's Labour leadership election in an apparent bid to
highlight how strongly Mr Cunliffe was preferred over Grant
Former Cunliffe loyalist Palmerston North MP Iain
Lees-Galloway is understood to be one of the MPs now
counselling Labour leader David Cunliffe to step down as
leader because of concerns staying in the role will further
destabilise the party.