Suspended Labour MP Chris Carter is calling for leader Phil Goff to go.
Earlier Mr Goff suspended Mr Carter from the caucus over an anonymous letter delivered to press gallery offices this morning tipping a leadership challenge.
The move to suspend Mr Carter came after an urgent meeting of the party this afternoon.
Talking to reporters at Auckland Airport, Mr Carter said he felt liberated.
“It’s the leadership I’m finding impossible at the moment,” he said.
“I’m hoping my actions will be a catalyst [for a change of leadership].”
There were a number of people who could do the job better than Mr Goff, he said.
“I just want to see Phil Goff gone.”
This’ll show Goff. How dare he very leniently discipline Carter over the MP expenses debacle, just because Carter repeatedly disgraced himself in public and was at the epicentre of a massive scandal that plunged the party even further down in the polls and dragged the entire institution of Parliament into disrepute.
Mr Carter indicated he would not force a by-election but continue to vote for Labour even if he was expelled and became an independent.
“I was elected for the full term of Parliament,” he said.
“If this has been my political death knell, so be it.”
Mr Goff said Mr Carter had no future in the Labour Party he led.
Poor little courtier. Lost his patron and now expelled from the court.