James Shaw to face leadership challenge for Green Party

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James Shaw has been ejected as a Green Party co-leader.

In a surprise move, 32 out of 107 delegates voted to remove Shaw from his position.

The vote means any Green Party member can now put their name forward for the role over the next week before another vote within five weeks.

Speaking at Parliament, Shaw indicated that he may stand again, but would first seek feedback from colleagues and the wider membership.

“This is obviously a bit of a surprise. I’ve got to work through a few things,” Shaw said.

“I still got 70 percent of the delegates supporting me and I’ve had quite a lot of supportive messages in the very brief time that the news has been out. But I do want to take some soundings just to get a proper sense check.”

Shaw said he was still processing the outcome and would spend some time with his family tonight.

Co-leader Marama Davidson was reconfirmed by delegates. She said that she was personally shocked by the action against Shaw.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed Shaw would retain his position as Climate Change Minister regardless of the leadership decision.

Shaw was elected to the party’s leadership in 2015 after Russel Norman​ announced his retirement.

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