Na­tional takes stance on Ep­som

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - VER­NON SMALL

Prime Min­is­ter Bill English has called for Na­tional vot­ers to back ACT leader David Sey­mour in Ep­som and United Fu­ture leader Peter Dunne in Ohariu.

He said Na­tional in­tended to work with those two sup­port par­ties af­ter the Septem­ber 23 elec­tion - but did not in­clude the Maori Party in that com­ment.

How­ever he did note that In Fe­bru­ary, he made it clear that if Na­tional was re-elected his pref­er­ence was to con­tinue work­ing with ACT, the Maori Party and United Fu­ture.

‘‘We are en­cour­ag­ing Na­tional sup­port­ers to give their elec­torate vote to ACT can­di­date, David Sey­mour, in Ep­som, and United Fu­ture can­di­date, Peter Dunne, in Ohariu – and their party vote to Na­tional,’’ English said.

‘‘To be clear, we want to in­crease our party votes in those elec­torates and that’s what our Na­tional Party can­di­dates will be work­ing hard to do.’’

English said his can­di­dates Brett Hud­son in Ohariu and Paul Gold­smith in Ep­som would be ‘‘work­ing hard’’ knock­ing on doors and ask­ing vot­ers not to vote for them but for the other party’s can­di­date.

Sey­mour wel­comed English’s en­dorse­ment, say­ing it shows how crit­i­cal ACT was to cen­treright Gov­ern­ment.

‘‘This is big news, be­cause it means ev­ery Party Vote now counts to elect more ACT MPS,’’ Sey­mour said.

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