Greens out of Mt Roskill

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The Greens will not stand a can­di­date in aMt Roskill by-elec­tion if Labour in­cum­bent Phil Goff wins the Auck­land may­oralty and va­cates the seat, the party has an­nounced.

The deal is part of a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing the two left-wing par­ties signed ear­lier this year - but the Greens say the move has ‘‘no bear­ing’’ on its plans for the 2017 elec­tion.

ACT leader David Sey­mour has ac­cused the Greens of hypocrisy over the move, say­ing it had de­cried sim­i­lar deals in the past - a charge the party de­nies. Goff has promised to stand down if he takes up the may­oral chains.

Green Party co-leader Me­tiria Turei said the party had de­cided not to stand a can­di­date in the seat

‘‘af­ter sev­eral weeks of in­ter­nal dis­cus­sions’’. ’’The Mt Roskill by­elec­tion will be closely con­tested, and we don’t want to play any role in Na­tional win­ning the seat.’’

Turei said the de­ci­sion showed the suc­cess of the me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two par­ties, which in­cludes an agree­ment to co-op­er­ate in Par­lia­ment and in­ves­ti­gate a joint pol­icy and/or cam­paign.

How­ever, the de­ci­sion for Mt Roskill ‘‘has no bear­ing on any other elec­torates or the 2017 elec­tion cam­paign’’, she said. The party was mak­ing the an­nounce­ment now, given the ‘‘con­sid­er­able in­ter­est’’ in a likely Mt Roskill by-elec­tion.

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