NZ’s Ep­som vot­ers stand by Sey­mour af­ter elec­tion re­sult

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Welling­ton: Na­tional sup­port­ers who backed ACT Party leader David Sey­mour in the Ep­som elec­torate say their vote wasn’t wasted, de­spite him be­ing ruled out of gov­ern­ment. Cen­tre-right vot­ers in Ep­som usu­ally sup­port Mr Sey­mour in a strate­gic move for sup­port in Par­lia­ment for the Na­tional Party.

But with­out the ma­jor­ity, Na­tional leader Bill English has made it clear he’s only in­ter­ested in a two-party coali­tion with New Zealand First. Na­tional sup­port­ers who live in Re­muera and voted for Mr Sey­mour say they aren’t happy Bill English is try­ing to stitch up a coali­tion deal with Win­ston Peters and won’t need their lo­cal MP.

But they are di­vided on whether they’ll keep vot­ing for the ACT Party leader.

Alan said he and his wife prob­a­bly would back Mr Sey­mour again.

“It’s not a wasted vote,” he said. “David Sey­mour, he’s got some good

poli­cies that I’m happy with and he’s been good for the elec­torate too.”

Iain Valen­tine, who’s lived in the area for 45 years, said he thought Mr Sey­mour had made a great con­tri­bu­tion and would con­tinue to do so.

“He could well be a very ef­fec­tive op­po­si­tion and in fact have more time to get his point across,” he said.

“It is sad be­cause I think he has great tal­ent to con­trib­ute to the run­ning of this coun­try but in a way he’ll sur­vive through this I’m sure.” But a woman with her in­fant son was dis­ap­pointed her strate­gic vote for ACT didn’t pay off.

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