26 Nov 2014

Coatsworth quits as Labour president

6:57 pm on 26 November 2014

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as president of the Labour Party, little more than a week after Andrew Little was elected its new leader.

Labour Party president Moira Coatesworth.

Labour Party president Moira Coatesworth. Photo: RNZ

Ms Coastworth is standing down next month after three-and-a-half years in the post.

She said now was the right time to leave, following the appointment of new leader Andrew Little on 18 November.

"Parliament has a three-year term. I told the conference last year this would be my term but when is the right time in that term?

"I want to see a new president working with Andrew as the new leader, really hitting the ground running at the beginning of next year and getting a plan in and getting moving."

Ms Coatsworth said nominations would be called for in mid-December, and a vote held in February.

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