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David Cunliffe has just finished a media conference in which he announced a full leadership vote before Christmas:

The party suffered its worst election result in 92 years at the weekend, obtaining just 24 percent of the party vote.<a href=”http://ad.au.doubleclick.net/jump/3news.co.nz/homepage;sz=300×250;key-values;tile=2;ord=123456789?” target=”_blank”><imgsrc=”http://ad.au.doubleclick.net/ad/3news.co.nz/homepage;sz=300×250;tile=2;ord=123456789?” width=”300″ height=”250″ border=”0″ alt=”Ad” /></a&

“I, as leader, am responsible for that result,” Mr Cunliffe said this morning. “Voters are always right. We are not yet seen as a credible alternative.”

Mr Cunliffe says he has thrown his “hat in the ring” for the top job.

“[But], if the leader isn’t me, I will get behind the new one.” . . .

There are already six contenders to replace him.

The party needs to do a full post-mortem and the leadership is part of that.

But this announcement will mean the party’s leadership woes will linger until the vote and delay any action on any…

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