75% of 2000 Conservative Party ballot respondents want Colin Craig as its leader

The Conservative Party, such as it is, is still without a leader. ?But it seems somewhat confusing to observers as they don’t even seem to know what they’re doing themselves. ?On the one hand, some people purporting to represent the party asked Investigate Magazine’s Ian Wishart to be the party’s leader.

This, from a Lloyd Burr Newshub piece a few days ago

Members of leader-less Conservative Party have approached Investigate magazine editor Ian Wishart and asked if he would take over the reins of the party.

Mr Wishart says he’s declined the offer.

But then it continues further on

Party spokesman Leighton Baker didn’t know people within the party had asked Mr Wishart to be leader, but did know they had approached him.

One would have thought that picking a leader would be something a board has a meeting about before approaching anyone. ? Either that, or they have a spokesperson that is actually in the loop.

All this is against the backdrop of the other side of the Conservative party still holding a candle for Colin Craig.

After Mr Craig stood down, paper ballots were sent out to the Conservative Party membership, and 2000 were returned with answers. ?Mr Craig told the NZ Herald?that 75% of those ballots call for his return as leader.

So not only are some in the Conservative party shopping for a leader, others in the Conservative party don’t know about it, and there is a clear mandate in ballots from the membership that want Colin back.

All this aligns with the party’s response after Williams v Craig , as reported by the NZ Herald


No wonder this sentiment remains when 75% of a 2000 mailed paper ballot response are asking for Colin to return as leader.

The Conservative party membership has been stated as anywhere between 6,000 and 10,000, depending on which witness’ Williams v Craig testimony you use. ?But let’s take 10,000. ?That’s ?a 20% response rate to a mailed out request by Mr Craig for the members to indicate if they would still want him back.

That’s an astoundingly high response rate. ?Clearly, the party is still very much behind Mr Craig, and he has captured that energy and support.

But at the top level, even after having recently had their annual AGM, there seems to be little coordination in this area. ?Perhaps this reflects that they may want Mr Craig to return, but he’s unable to dedicate sufficient time to the party while embroiled in numerous legal actions.

Anyone else being approached by “the Conservative party” and asked to consider the leadership better carry out?sufficient due diligence to ensure those asking have the authority to do so, and Mr Craig isn’t going to swoop back in on the strength of the pro-Colin faction backed by the 2000 ballot response.

“Politics is all about comebacks,” Mr Craig said.

Since resigning as leader last month, he has been gauging support among the membership through a postal ballot.

He said he had received around 2000 responses from members, and around 75 per cent had been supportive.

Seems to me the Conservative party are still in a position where they don’t know if they’re coming or going. ?The membership clearly still see a future with Colin.


– Lloyd Burr, Newshub,?Isaac Davison, NZ Herald