ANOTHER unopposed Labour selection! What are the odds?

The Labour party has to be one of the least democratic political parties in this country.   Yet again only one person wants to take over Annette King’s Rongotai seat.

The New Zealand Labour Party is pleased to confirm Paul Eagle as its candidate for Rongotai for this year’s General Election.

More than 100 party members turned up to hear Eagle give his confirmation speech as the sole nominee for Rongotai.

Party President Nigel Haworth said Eagle was a superb candidate with deep connections in the electorate, which he had built through his work as a respected and hardworking city councillor for the past six years, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Mayor.

“Paul’s experience and community networks make him an excellent advocate for the people of Rongotai. Our focus now is on winning the election with a Labour-led government that will back the Kiwi Dream and build a better New Zealand.”

Eagle said he was honoured to be given the task of continuing the legacy of current MP Annette King.

“A hugely popular figure, Annette has worked tirelessly to serve the people of Rongotai for the past 23 years, and the Labour Party for more than four decades.

“It is an enormous responsibility to try to fill the shoes Annette has left, which is why I’ve spent years working alongside her to learn what it takes to be a highly effective electorate MP.”

Eagle, 45, says he will continue to perform his deputy mayor’s role throughout the campaign and resign if he wins the seat in September.

So here is the problem – look at the party votes during the last election.  

Rongotai certainly looks like a safe Labour seat under Annette King.  Unless they pull the Memorandum of Understanding and have the Greens stand aside, there is still the possibility that it won’t stay a Labour seat.  A well-run campaign can take this seat.

It will be quite the dilemma for the Green party.  In theory, it can take this seat.  But then it can also split the left vote and let National come through the middle.  Will they step back under the terms of the  MOU to gift this seat to Labour, and what will the price be?

 

 


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