David Cunliffe

Last night, John Campbell had an exclusive interview with Labour Party leader hopeful David Cunliffe on Campbell Live. The interview was a bit of a coup for Cunliffe who, after leading the Labour Party to one of their worst results ever, is hoping to be given the nod over challenger Grant Robertson.

While you’d expect there to be equal air time for general election rivals, a party primary doesn’t necessarily require a fair share of coverage by broadcasters. Nonetheless, Robertson sent out this somewhat embarrassing tweet, practically begging for some prime time exposure.

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David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job.

He confirmed he will seek a fresh mandate by throwing his hat in the ring for a leadership primary and he hopes to take on Prime Minister John Key in the 2017 election. Continue reading »

Last night’s final TV debate was about as useful as a red sock in your whites washing. If you still had no idea who to vote for last night, I doubt this helped at all.

Both David Cunliffe and John Key talked over each other constantly, fighting for air time in the brief 30 minute interlude between normal programming. As a moderator, Hosking did a hopeless job, not because of any bias, but because he failed to keep the debate to a level of coherence. I lost count of the number of times all three of them at the table were speaking, nigh on shouting, at the same time.

David Cunliffe came across as incredibly smarmy, talking over John Key at every opportunity he got while begging for the right to speak without interruption when it was apparently his turn. John Key regularly scoffed at his opponent. It was hardly gentlemanly from either of them. And while the Labour leader asked for room to speak, Key’s request was accompanied by a gentle hand on the arm.

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Heaven forbid anyone talks about policy this election…


John Campbell will moderate an hour-long debate between Leader of the National Party, John Key, and Leader of the Labour Party, David Cunliffe, on Wednesday 10 September at 8.40pm on TV3.

The Leaders Debate is part of Decision ‘14, authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the General Election from TV3’s leading news service.

Producer Keith Slater says that John Campbell is the best in the business in ensuring viewers get to see an insightful and entertaining meeting of our political leaders. Continue reading »

Question time is likely to be highly volatile this afternoon after revelations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter supporting Donghua Liu’s residency in 2003. The Labour leader has been making statements to media that he had no involvement but today’s developments have proven him to have been economical with the truth.

National’s Maurice Williamson resigned after revelations of similar behaviour.