18 Jun 2012

Labour members support being able to vote for leader

1:05 pm on 18 June 2012

Labour Party members overwhelmingly support a proposal that they be given a vote on who should be leader of the party.

The matter has been canvassed at a series of regional conferences around the country, the last of which was held in Wellington over the weekend.

Labour Party president Moira Coatsworth is confident the party will adopt the recommendation to let members, as well as MPs, vote for future leaders.

Labour leader David Shearer says it will make the party more democratic and attract more members.

The issues will be considered by the party's ruling New Zealand Council next month, before being put to its annual conference for approval in November.