No surprises here as Michael Wood nominates to replace Goff in Mt Roskill

Michael Wood has been taking one in the chook for Labour for years.

He got two hidings against Maurice Williamson and Jami-Lee Ross beat him in the Botany by-election. He has effectively been Phil Goff’s under-study.

Now he is readying himself for the big time.

Puketapapa Local Board member Michael Wood has officially put his hand up to be the Labour Party’s next candidate for the Mt Roskill seat in Parliament.

The father-of-three made the announcement he was standing for the Labour nomination at a gathering of supporters and local party members this afternoon.

He said having served the community on the local board for the past six years, he knew what the electorate needed.  

“I have the understanding of Mt Roskill at the grassroots level to win the trust of local residents and to continue our proud local history of principled and competent Labour representation.”

Mr Wood said he wanted to help the community in several key issues.

“I will be seeking the nomination and then campaigning for the seat on a platform of ensuring that barriers to real opportunity, such as the current lack of quality affordable housing, are knocked down.”

The centre-right in Labour will lose one weasel and replace him with a union hack and journey-man politician if Michael Wood does win the nomination.

Personally I think he is beatable but not by a useless National candidate. National would do well to select a strong candidate for the demographically changed Mt Roskill electorate now that absentee MP Phil Goff’s grasp on the seat has gone.


– NZ Herald

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