Labour makes grad­ual gains in east

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PJ TAY­LOR

Jacinda Ardern-ma­nia failed to sweep across East Auck­land, but her Labour Party did im­prove on its re­sults in 2014.

Af­ter the dust had set­tled on the gen­eral elec­tion re­sult, the East­ern Courier caught up with Labour’s can­di­dates for Botany and Paku­ranga re­spec­tively on Sun­day morn­ing. Tofik Mame­dov and Barry Kirker were up­beat, though un­der­stand­ably tired af­ter an ex­haust­ing cam­paign.

Al­though the Na­tional Party ma­jori­ties for elec­torate and party votes are still very com­mand­ing, Labour has made slight gains, with its party vote up in Botany by 755 and Paku­ranga by 1692 be­fore spe­cial votes are tal­lied.

They’ve been the face of Labour in the east for four years, hav­ing stood in two gen­eral elec­tions and last year’s Auck­land Coun­cil lo­cal-body polls. At this point, they’re un­cer­tain about whether they’re go­ing to stand again as can­di­dates.

‘‘I thank all the vot­ers who par­tic­i­pated in this demo­cratic process and cast their vote,’’ Mame­dov says. ‘‘We’re so lucky in NZ that we get to choose our next gov­ern­ment once ev­ery three years. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the win­ners. To all can­di­dates left or right - you guys rock! It’s not easy to do what we do. Big re­spect.’’

Full story at­land/lo­cal-news/east­ern-courier.


Labour’s hard-wokring can­di­dates, Tofik Mame­dov and Barry Kirker af­ter the poll at How­ick His­tor­i­cal Vil­lage on Sun­day.

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