There is skullduggery going on in Clutha-Southland with a shabby move against Todd Barclay which is being orchestrated quietly by the former MP, currently residing in Karori, and assisted by at least one stroppy board member intent on taking the presidency.
Richard Harman has the first signs of the skirmish:
[S]peaking yesterday to POLITIK, Barclay said he welcomed the challenge.
“The party has got a democratic process, and that’s one of the strengths of the party; anybody can put themselves up to stand in any electorate at any time,” he said.
“I think my team and I have done a great job over the past three years of working really hard to try and build up the seat to where it is now.”
Barclay implies that the electorate was slightly rundown when he took it over from English.
“Having a senior MP as the local MP for a long period of time has meant that he has obviously had other responsibilities whereas now I live here, I’m based here, and I’m doing a lot of hard work to try and build up what we’ve got in terms of the party infrastructure.”