Bell odds-on favourite for top job

Conference booklets for the National Party Northern Regional Conference have arrived and Whale Oil now has an update on some of the contenders.

With Regional Chairman Scott Simpson retiring from the position, the popular Alastair Bell is the odds-on favourite for the top job ahead of Roger Burrill. Alastair Bell was senior political advisor to Prime Minister Rt Hon Jenny Shipley during her administartion. The last time this powerful position was contested was in 1991 when John Slater won ahead of Clem Simich.

Also up for grabs are 6 positions on the influential list ranking committee with Nicholas Albrecht expected to top the poll. Likewise expected to feature strongly is first-time contender Aaron Bhatnagar and Auckland City Councillor Toni Millar.

Whale Oil will have the results posted after voting takes place on Sunday 30 April.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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