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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

THE TIMARU HERALD 30 SEPT - STEVE GIBSON, FORMER LABOUR RENEGADE CANDIDATE, SAYS: 'CUNLIFFE SHOULD JUMP IN THE LAKE' (WHICH ONE?)

Former Labour Rangitata electorate candidate Steve Gibson has quit the party after being threatened with expulsion, saying he wants to be a "normal person" again. Gibson said he left after receiving the ultimatum from a Labour Party campaign member on Saturday. He had earlier argued about candidate gender quotas on the Twitter website with Labour supporters whom he described as a "lefty hatesquad" of "penny annie [sic] toytown tools". Although Gibson admitted he had brought criticism on himself from the people he had called "twitter twats", he believed he "did the best with what I had" in his electorate contest, where incumbent MP Jo Goodhew's majority more than doubled. In a written statement, Gibson thanked the 8156 voters who preferred him as their candidate. The campaign had taught him an important lesson: "Be careful what you say." Party leader David Cunliffe refused to support Gibson after he described Prime Minister John Key as "Shonky Jonkey Shylock", criticised Cunliffe's "Mr Soft-arse softly softly" approach to the election campaign and made a series of strongly worded criticisms of government policy. Gibson now disavows any association with the Labour Party. He said: "I do not need a cabal of strangers with their cadres of disingenuous stooges to stroke my ego." He suggested Christchurch East MP Poto Williams would be a good candidate to lead the party, which he said needed to involve "middle New Zealand". "She's a young Maori married woman with kids". Gibson, a DVS salesman, had earlier considered auctioning his Labour T-shirt to provide income for his wife and daughter. He was now "scraping by" after a financially draining campaign, and believed it would be "better for me, my family, my state of mind, to just go back to being a normal person". LINK: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/10559052/Steve-Gibson-quits-Labour-Party

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