Labour MPs will be given less than two days to pledge their loyalty to newly-elected leader David Cunliffe or face reassignment of their duties.
Grant Robertson was the overwhelming sentimental favourite when he staked his claim in Dunedin yesterday to become the leader of the Labour Party, but David Cunliffe was seen as the most impressive at the podium.
Leadership of the Labour Party has been under media scrutiny since former prime minister Helen Clark resigned as party leader after the 2008 election defeat.
On the face of it, Labour would seem deserving of much applause for rule changes which now make the election of the party's leader a far better exercise in democracy.
Labour MP Shane Jones is entering the Labour leadership race, saying he believes he can attract blue-collar workers back to Labour and take on ''the $50 million dollar gorilla'', Prime Minister John Key.
The lead-up to next year's general election suddenly looks like it could hold some real excitement.
The Labour Party caucus may have to swallow its collective pride and support David Cunliffe as the next party leader as the MPs consider how to save their jobs at the 2014 general election.
David Cunliffe and Grant Robertson are seen as the most likely of all Labour MPs to become leader and deputy leader of the party, after David Shearer announced his resignation after 20 months in the top job.
Snapper cuts are part of a smelly trend, writes the Labour Party's Fisheries spokesman David Cunliffe.
The New Zealand Labour Party needs only to look across ''the ditch'' to find evidence of the devastating fallout of political infighting.
The Waitaki Concerned Citizens and Ratepayers Association yesterday accused the Labour Party of abandoning Oamaru's natural heritage after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of a controversial Bill to confirm land at Forrester Heights as endowment land.
The Labour Party has announced it will no longer be seeking an exemption for trade unions from the Lobbying Disclosure Bill.
Labour deputy leader and environment spokesman GrantRobertson rejects Chris Trotter's interpretation of one of his recent speeches.
OPINION: David Shearer delivered his strongest speech yet as leader of the Labour Party, when he yesterday launched a broadside at the Government's prediction for a "zero Budget" to be delivered on Thursday.
OPINION: Brilliant autumn sunshine shone on my old alma mater last Monday as Dunedin South MP Clare Curran and I visited Hillside Workshops.
Labour leader David Shearer has appointed lawyer and NZ Aids Foundation chairman Alastair Cameron as his new chief of staff after the resignation of Stuart Nash.
Scanning the packed upstairs function room in Wellington's Wellesley Hotel on Thursday morning, a newspaper photographer with long experience of the habits of politicians summed up what was going on with a pithy observation: this was not your typical Labour Party audience.
A Christian upbringing has instilled a strong sense of social justice in Dunedin North MP David Clark, who yesterday pledged to fight for greater equality for New Zealanders.
He has run the biggest humanitarian aid camp in Somalia, worked for the United Nations in war-torn countries Liberia, Rwanda and Afghanistan and handled a $2 billion budget when he was head of the UN's reconstruction programme in Iraq.