Morgan looks at running in Epsom
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.
The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan says he would work with whichever party adopted the most TOP policies.