10 Nov 2008

Senior Labour MPs consider new leadership

5:58 pm on 10 November 2008

Outgoing Labour Cabinet ministers met on Monday to try to ensure a smooth transition to a new leadership team for their party.

Helen Clark announced on election night she would stand down immediately as Labour leader, after National won enough seats to form the next government, and deputy leader Michael Cullen is also standing down.

The meeting of the Labour Cabinet was was designed to reach agreement on who should become the new leader and deputy leader.

It is likely to be the last meeting of the senior Labour MPs before the National-led Government is sworn in by Governor-General Anand Satyanand.

Radio New Zealand's political editor says it is very likely Labour's caucus will elect the new leadership team on Tuesday.

Senior MP Phil Goff is tipped to replace Helen Clark, while some suggest Annette King would be the ideal deputy.