MP Chris Carter has been suspended from the Labour Party after admitting to sending an anonymous letter claiming there is a plot to overthrow leader Phil Goff.
"His actions were stupid and disloyal," Labour leader Phil Goff told a press conference this afternoon.
"There are no more chances. His future in the Labour Party is at an end."
Mr Goff said he recognised Mr Carter's handwriting on the envelope of the anonymous letter.
For goodness sake; Chris Carter couldn't even execute a coup properly. More on this soon!
UPDATE: Here's the letter, hand-delivered in an Air-Mail envelope; Koru Club Carter troughs it up right to the bitter end! And Stuff has more from Phil Goff:
Labour bosses would meet on Saturday week and decide his future and they were expected to expell him.
''I would expect nominations to be reopened for Te Atatu,'' Mr Goff said.
Mr Carter is the only nomination for the west Auckland seat, which he holds with a 5298 vote majority.
There's also more background to the supposed "coup" (our emphasis added):
It is understood CCTV inside Parliament caught pictures of the person putting the letters into the mail system.
It claimed union-aligned MPs would challenge Mr Goff at next week's caucus meeting over his position on the Government's policy of allowing a fourth week of annual leave to be cashed in if employers and employees agreed.
It also claimed finance spokesman David Cunliffe was expected to challenge Mr Goff and deputy Annette King before the next election.
This really puts the cat amongst the pigeons in Labour's ranks. And you have to wonder - were instructions being sent from afar? Whatever, Carter has made an absolute meal of it all.
Tonight, Labour is clearly a party divided. Will Cunliffe's leadership ambitions be snuffed out? Has Phil Goff bought himself a fight which will ultimately see him rolled? What will Chris Carter's response be? So many questions ...
UPDATE II: Just heard Carter interviewed on 3News via RadioLive (still at work dammit!) - Carter is unrepentant, and claims that he is doing this because Labour cannot win the election next year led by Phil Goff. We're looking forward to getting home and watching One News on MySky.