Twyford out of Mt Albert running
The race to represent the Labour Party in the Mt Albert byelection is wide open after list MP Phil Twyford pulled the plug on seeking nomination.
The Kingsland resident campaigned heavily with former prime minister and Mt Albert MP Helen Clark during the lead-up to the election.
Miss Clark has become administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in New York.
Selecting Mr Twyford could have posed problems for Labour, with former MP Judith Tizard poised to take his place on the list if he won Mt Albert at a time when they are looking to promote fresh faces into Parliament. Others seeking the Labour nomination include city councillor Glenda Fryer, lawyer Helen White, politics tutor Meg Bates and AUT lecturer Hamish McCracken.
The National Party nomination is expected to be either list MP Melissa Lee or former Mt Albert candidate Ravi Musuku.