Goff is the front run­ner for leader

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff was yes­ter­day ex­pected to be named as the next leader of the Labour Party, af­ter out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark’s res­ig­na­tion on Satur­day.

The pos­si­bil­ity has pro­voked mixed re­ac­tions from his con­stituents.

Mu­si­cian John Key, who shares the name but not the pol­i­tics of the Na­tional Party leader, sup­ports the move.

He says Mr Goff, ranked third on the party list, should have led the Labour Party into Satur­day’s elec­tion.

“He should have been up against him (John Key) in the first place. He­len Clark should have re­signed and passed it over to him a year ago.”

He says Mr Goff doesn’t “fudge around” when asked ques­tions by the me­dia and doesn’t pro­tect his port­fo­lios when some­thing goes wrong.

“A lot of MPs shoot them­selves in the foot try­ing to pro­tect civil ser­vants.”

The Mt Roskill MP also has a good un­der­stand­ing of the in­ter­na­tional scene and is a man of the peo­ple, he says.

“He can be up in front of the United Na­tions giv­ing the richer na­tions a hard time about their at­ti­tude to­wards poverty and AIDS and rep­re­sent­ing the whole coun­try.

“The next week he can be sit­ting in his lit­tle car­a­van some­where in Mt Roskill lis­ten­ing to his con­stituents com­plain about pi­geons and boy rac­ers.”

Res­i­dent An­d­rina Grove agrees he should take up the man­tle.

“He would be ideal. I can’t think of any­one more de­serv­ing.”

David Avu­la­manda says Miss Clark has left “big shoes to fill” for the next leader.

“I don’t know if Phil Goff has the charisma or per­son­al­ity to be the leader of that party.”

Mr Goff was ex­pected to go into the lead­er­ship un­op­posed.

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