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.