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Labour leadership bid ruled out by Cunliffe

Published: 1:51PM Thursday January 24, 2013 Source: ONE News

David Cunliffe has unequivocally ruled out standing for the Labour Party leadership again.

Cunliffe was demoted by Labour leader David Shearer in November for refusing to rule out a challenge for the leadership.

The MP for New Lynn told ONE News political reporter Michael Parkin he is not interested in standing again so he'll be serving his time as a back bench MP.

This was revealed at the annual Ratana celebrations near Wanganui this morning.

The Labour Party will vote on its leadership in February.

The party has a long-standing bond with Ratana Pa, however the connection has weakened in recent years.

Parkin believes Labour will be in full force tomorrow at the request of the church, especially as Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia's seat is available in 2014 and says Labour would love to get its hands on it.

"Turia hasn't appointed a successor this weekend so it's a seat that is completely up for grabs, it might be a little out of reach for the Mana Party so it's really worth rekindling this relationship," he said.

Parkin said the question remains whether David Shearer is the man to do that.