NZPA on Roy

Note: this post originally appeared on ‘Douglas to Dancing’, a blog I maintained from 2007-9 on the ACT New Zealand political party. The blog was an extension of the thesis I wrote about the Act Party in 2007, From Douglas to Dancing: explaining the lack of success of ACT New Zealand and evaluating its future prospects (PDF).

NZPA has a report on Heather Roy standing in Wellington Central and gives some good background:

Wellington Central is going to be open territory for candidates next year because the Labour MP who holds it, Marian Hobbs, is standing down.Ms Hobbs retained it in 2005 with 20,199 votes – a majority of 6180 over Mark Blumsky, the former Wellington mayor who stood for National.A former Act MP, Stephen Franks, contested the seat in that election but gained only 1254 votes, fewer than the Green’s Sue Kedgley who came third. Richard Prebble, a former ACT leader, won the seat in 1996 but he had been endorsed by National which wanted a coalition partner.Labour has chosen Grant Robertson, a former adviser to Prime Minister Helen Clark, as its Wellington Central candidate.Mr Blumsky won’t be trying for it again because he has called it quits and is leaving politics.National is tipped to put up lawyer Chris Finlayson, a list MP.

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