28 Feb 2015

Labour set to become government-in-waiting

4:55 pm on 28 February 2015

The new president of the Labour party says his priority will be to sell the opposition as the government in waiting.

Nigel Haworth said things were looking up for the party and membership was growing strongly.

Mr Haworth said the next step for Labour was to show the public it was a viable alternative to the National-led government.

"One of the big issues we faced in 2014 was that we never quite got over what I call the credibility hurdle, despite having good policies and despite having good people on the ground.

"So we've got to get into people's minds clearly as the party in waiting that will govern."

Mr Haworth said that will be accomplished by appearing unified, focused and forward looking, and having policies that resonate with the public.