Trevor Mallard and Lianne Dalziel also drop off the party's radar as the focus goes on jobs.
"Yep... Russel wants finance all right, but kingmaker Winnie will also want it as the price for his team joining the left."
Challenger and finance spokesman David Cunliffe is stripped of portfolios and dismissed to the back bench.
“The man is very ambitious. He’s been angling to become prime minister for more than 30 years – a little blip along the way isn’t going to stop him.”
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