Twyford out of Mt Al­bert run­ning

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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