National takes stance on Epsom
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.