English to Seymour: DCM

It’s been a faithful National Government support partner for nine years, but Prime Minister Bill English has told ACT its services are no longer required.

ACT leader David Seymour made it back into Parliament off the back of a long-running deal in which National has gifted the party, which failed to register one per cent of the party vote, the Epsom electorate. The deal has occurred in the past as a way to ensure National would have an extra seat in Parliament, however as English prepares to go into coalition negotiations with NZ First leader Winston Peters it’s apparent he considers it too difficult to negotiate between them.

“I’ve spoken to David Seymour, I think he understands how the numbers stack up,” English said.

There was no love lost between Seymour and Peters, with the two trading constant barbs in Parliament over the past term. English needs Peters’ nine seats to form a Government and attempting to seat Seymour at the table would likely introduce an unnecessary bone of contention with Peters.

“I think it would complicate a governing arrangement, there’s no doubt about that. And we can get a clear-cut majority working with NZ First,” said English.

Wind forward three years, and pretend that National and NZ First had a decent run.  Also pretend the Labour party are still unable to gain the majority over National.

Would it not make more sense to tell Epsom to vote in a National MP?


– Stuff


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