Onya Lianne

Lianne Dalziel may be on the opposite side of the political spectrum from me, and a bit fond of the bottle but she has a reputation in Christchurch for being able to work across partisan lines.

It is obvious that Christchurch is a mess, the council is dysfunctional and the Bob and Tony team are widely loathed by just about everyone. Christchurch needs a uniter, not a divider,  and the word is that National would far rather deal with Lianne and the competent councillors she is bringing with her than Bob Parker.

Labour MP Lianne Dalziel is set to enter the Christchurch mayoral race, Fairfax Media understands.

The Christchurch East MP has long been rumoured as the favourite to challenge incumbent Bob Parker for the mayoral chains, following her high-profile role as Labour’s earthquake recovery spokeswoman, and criticism of the current council.

Her declaration is expected later this week. 

Dalziel has the backing of her party for a mayoral bid, despite dropping out of the top 20-ranked Labour MPs in a party reshuffle in February.

If she stands and wins, she will likely have to resign her Christchurch East seat, triggering a by-election.

Which will put some pressure on Ross Robertson to resign as well. At least Lianne has already stated that if she won she wouldn’t be a double dipper.

Dalziel has kept Christchurch guessing about a mayoralty bid for months.

In March she was “99 per cent” sure she would not stand, but a month later it was revealed she had attempted to recruit Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson as a potential running mate.

Last month she was still coy on a bid, but talked about the importance of an alternative council leadership that cut across political party lines.


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  • jcpry

    IF she is truly serious about having leadership that crosses party lines she would stand as an independent. Fat chance of that though.

  • Peej

    I’ve got no idea about Dalziel and her competence to take on the job in Christchurch but the difficulty of the job and getting the unity needed is shown in the intro to this post. A post ostensibly supporting her bid starts with a pathetic, childish, unnecessary slur.

    • Jester

      I totally agree Peej. Using Lianne and competent in the same sentence is extremely unappropiate!

      • Peej

        Yeah, yeah just like it’s inappropriate to say ‘unappropriate.’

        • Jester

          Sorry Pej. Trying to type whilst sitting at traffic light. Spelling aside glad you agree with the content though

    • andrew carrot

      A slur is a form of disparagement. To disparage is to lower in estimation. To check court records is to provide grounds for the above.

  • johnbronkhorst

    The problem with labour MP’s and members is, they OWE their allegiance to the party FIRST.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I understand Sheep is planning to use the local body elections as a trial run for the 2014 election. He will also announce that John Key won’t win the election in 2014, once the Labour candidates win all the metro cities for Mayor positions. National is gutless and don’t care about local body elections.

  • AnonWgtn

    I assume that Jim Anderton is managing the campaign, at same time rebuilding the ANGLICAN Cathedral in his likeness, not his CATHOLIC Cathedral ?

    • GazzW

      Such is the nature of Christchurch parish pump politics AW.

      ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave’.