Key rejects Shearer's call for cross party poverty group

By Amelia Romanos

New Labour Party leader David Shearer (left) and deputy leader Grant Robertson. Photo / Mark Mitchell
New Labour Party leader David Shearer (left) and deputy leader Grant Robertson. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Labour leader David Shearer's wish to be included in a ministerial poverty committee is unlikely to come true.

In the formal announcement about Labour's leadership yesterday, Mr Shearer said he did not want to see the gap between the rich and poor grow further, and wanted to be part of the Government's proposed poverty committee.

"John Key has indicated he is finally prepared to address the issue of poverty and will set up a ministerial committee. I call on him to be brave and open that committee up to all political parties," Mr Shearer said.

"I want to be on it and to have the chance to offer my expertise to help us deal with the problem."

However, when asked about the idea today, Mr Key did not seem keen.

"I'm more than happy for David Shearer to be a part of the ministerial committee if he's happy to give the Government confidence and supply," he said.

- APNZ

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