Mor­gan looks at run­ning in Ep­som

East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - HENRY COOKE

Gareth Mor­gan is con­sid­er­ing whether to make a run in the Auck­land seat of Ep­som this elec­tion.

A source close to Mor­gan, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, con­firmed he was con­sid­er­ing the run.

Mor­gan, leader of new po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion The Op­por­tu­ni­ties Party (TOP), ear­lier in­di­cated his party would pre­fer to re­main lis­tonly.

But as his party has de­vel­oped, they have pitched sev­eral elec­torate can­di­dates.

Mor­gan’s party is cur­rently polling about 1 per cent - mean­ing it would not gain any seats in Par­lia­ment with­out win­ning an elec­torate. How­ever, a re­cent NZME poll on party lead­ers gave Mor­gan 2 per cent sup­port - higher than that of other mi­nor party lead­ers like United Fu­ture’s Peter Dunne and ACT’S David Sey­mour.

It’s un­der­stood this poll gave Mor­gan the gas to con­sider the tilt.

Ep­som is one of the most con­tro­ver­sial and con­se­quen­tial elec­torates in the coun­try.

Since 2005 it has been held by the ACT party, of­ten af­ter a ‘‘deal’’ with Na­tional where they agree to sig­nal that their vot­ers should vote for the ACT can­di­date. This en­sures the right-wing ACT party can come to Par­lia­ment and sup­port the Na­tional Party even as it polls well be­low 5 per cent.

JOHN BISSET/STUFF

The Op­por­tu­ni­ties Party leader Gareth Mor­gan says he would work with whichever party adopted the most TOP poli­cies.

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