31 Aug 2013

Labour candidates address party members in Levin

5:20 pm on 31 August 2013

Most Labour Party members at a meeting in Levin are staying quiet about who they're going vote for as the next leader, saying all three candidates are strong contenders.

David Cunliffe.

David Cunliffe. Photo: RNZ

Shane Jones.

Shane Jones. Photo: LABOUR PARTY

Grant Robertson.

Grant Robertson. Photo: LABOUR PARTY

About 300 people turned out on Saturday afternoon to hear deputy leader Grant Robertson, New Lynn MP David Cunliffe, and list MP Shane Jones, campaign for votes.

Grant Robertson told the members it was time to knock over the out-of-touch, crony-capitalist National Party.

He said he'd lead a bold and courageous party, unified and ready to build the nation again.

David Cunliffe promised better days ahead for the party, no matter what the outcome of the race.

He said a Labour Party under his leadership would not rule out any option to protect state assets.

Shane Jones told the crowd he was best messenger to get people to cross the aisle and vote for Labour.

He said Labour should be the people's party, securing up to 45% of the vote.

The meeting is the first in a series to be held across the country over the next 10 days.