Green Party candidate resigns over dissatisfaction with party co-leader James Shaw

Former Green Party candidate Jack McDonald says he is fed up with what he says is James Shaw's inept leadership.

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Jack McDonald has left his roles saying it’s because of James Shaw’s inept leadership. Source: 1 NEWS

"He conceded publicly that he gave concessions to the National Party without even securing support for the bill and to me that's just a failure of political negotiation." Mr McDonald told 1 NEWS.

"I am concerned about the centrist drift of the party particularly under James Shaw's leadership."

But Mr Shaw does not seem phased by the comments and says, "I was re-elected as co-leader yesterday and I don't sense a great sense of dissatisfaction."

However, the Green Party co-leader is concerned that the dispute has become a distraction from the work fellow co-leader Marama Davidson is doing on housing.

"I think that's a shame," he says.

The Green Party today announced its rent-to-own policy as part of the Government's KiwiBuild reset at their Annual Conference in Dunedin.

Other MPs say Mr Shaw is fulfilling his role as a leader and Gareth Hughes says, "you can't please all the people all the time."