Banks confirmed for Epsom

John Banks has been confirmed as the new ACT candidate for Epsom.

Former Auckland Mayor John Banks was confirmed by the Act board this morning as Act’s candidate for Epsom in the November election.

The announcement was made at a press conference this afternoon in Newmarket, Auckland.

Mr Banks was favoured by new leader Don Brash, who last month ousted former leader and sitting Epsom MP Rodney Hide in a very public coup.

Mr Banks is a former National Party MP and cabinet minister. He, like Dr Brash, only recently joined Act – on May 18.

Act’s polling has improved since Dr Brash’s leadership bid, with a recent poll showing the party would pass the 5 per cent threshold to get into Parliament.

Now it will be interesting to see if Aaron Bhatnagar wins the nomination for National. What will be more interesting is to see other ACt candidates in vulnerable seats. Tamaki is vulnerable with National’s candidate barely breathing. I understand that there is sweepstake running in Wellington on whether or not he makes it to the election.



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  • thor42

    Good stuff! Looking forward to seeing Banksie taking on the left-wing ***WANKERS***…….

  • peterwn
  • I think ACT needs to target more than just 1 electorate this time around. Tamaki is an ideal target for Boscawen, and they need a minimum of 1 more very strong electorate candidate to be certain. Their party vote will increase substantially but they need to put National into a position of *having* to go with ACT.

    If National + Apartheid + Winston >= National + ACT, then National will go with the Apartheid party and Winston. Brash scares them *that* much.

    • mediatart

      Boscawen is about as exciting as a plate of cabbage. No chance of him coming close in Tamaki unless his name was Gavin Muldoon.
      Hide was a good campiagner, Banks being his equal.
      Cant see Boscawen spending any time door knocking the Bays, as Brash needs him in Wellington so he can pull the strings

      • tart, I will repeat:

        If National + Apartheid + Win­ston >= National + ACT, then National will go with the Apartheid party and Win­ston. Brash scares them *that* much.

        ACT needs more than a 1-electorate strategy just in case the people of Epsom think the same way of Banks as the majority of other Aucklanders. They elected a sneaky and furtive, crooked lawyer over Banks for the mayoralty FFS!

        Tamaki is ideal for Boscawen because it is territory of the Right and National’s candidate is asleep on his feet. If not Boscawen then Brash needs to be begging Muriel Newman to come back and stand in Tamaki.