David Shearer to leave Parliament?

It is being reported that David Shearer is likely to quit Parliament and work for the UN gain.

This will excite the left of Labour who considered him right wing. It will further deplete the Labour’s moderate.centrist wing, with Shane Jones and Phil Goff already gone and Clayton Cosgrove going.

It may also mean another by-election, in Shearer’s Mt Albert electorate. That could be a challenge for National and the new Prime Minister.

Or some are saying it could sort of justify an early election.

Stuff: David Shearer reportedly to lead UN mission in South Sudan, quit Parliament

Labour MP David Shearer is reportedly close to resigning from Parliament to take on the tough assignment of leading the United Nations mission in strife-torn South Sudan.

A recommendation for Shearer’s appointment has been put before the UN Security Council by outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, NZME reported.

The appointment is expected to be approved this week, after which the Security Council’s 15 members have two days to object.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said Shearer had the Government’s strong support: “It’s a huge deal”.

“This is the toughest peace-keeping assignment on the planet. It is a difficult and dangerous place.”

So it looks likely but not confirmed.

McCully promoting this story now, before it’s a done deal? The timing is very suspicious.

There was a report yesterday that John Key could head the IMF but that was old and debunked – Key says he isn’t interested.


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  1. Andrea Vance ‏@avancenz

    Shearer on new job: “The matter is currently b4 the Security Council for its decision”. No further comment. I understand he’s in NY.

    So it sounds like it is up to a UN decision to confirm it.

  2. Toby Manhire

    Good on him, hardly a cushy gig.
    Meanwhile Jacinda Ardern moved to Mt Albert electorate earlier this year …..</blockquote.

  3. A post with reactions on this at The Standard:

  4. duperez

     /  8th December 2016

    Manhire says it’s hardly a cushy gig and only those who with in-depth knowledge could argue. That is hardly likely to stop`critics at cushy keyboards getting at Shearer on getting out and trying to make a difference for people in some God forsaken place.

  5. Gezza

     /  8th December 2016

    Sorry I’m late. Hope I haven’t missed anything important.
    Who’s David Shearer? 😳

  6. Blazer

     /  8th December 2016

    Shearer is a self serving opportunist who clearly had no commitment to NZ politics and its people.

  7. Gezza

     /  8th December 2016

    “There was a report yesterday that John Key could head the IMF but that was old and debunked – Key says he isn’t interested.”

    My bet is he’s expected to be doing more dishes and vacuuming & the garage probably needs a clean out too if he’s a genuine kiwi bloke like they say.

  8. Blazer, why do you think David Shearer is a self server, opportunist who clearly had no commitment to NZ Politics and its people? I am truly bemused. The facts would demonstrate differently: viz:
    David James Shearer MBE (born 28 July 1957) is a New Zealand politician and former United Nations worker. He spent nearly 20 years working for the UN, managing the provision of aid to countries including Somalia, Rwanda, Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq.] In 1992, Shearer was named (together with his wife) as New Zealander of the Year by the New Zealand Herald. The following year he was appointed as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the British New Years Honours list. In 2009 he won the Mount Albert by-election becoming a Member of the New Zealand Parliament for the Labour Party. He was the leader of the Labour Party from December 2011 to August 2013. He currently serves as the party spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Energy & Consumer Affairs.”

    That too me says he has made a huge contribution to New Zealand and will also continue elsewhere to bear our Flag. Is he the first of the final destruction of the Labour Party. I really do not understand your bitter comment. Its the same as Peters’ comment on John Key’s departure in my mind.


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