Leggett as Labour president?
Nick Leggett’s name comes up regularly when discussion turns to national politics, but the Porirua mayor isn’t going anywhere just now.
As the Labour Party’s disastrous showing was unfolding on Saturday, television commentators began discussing potential Labour new faces.
Leggett, a well-known Labour supporter and campaigner, was mentioned.
‘‘Because I’m out there in the media promoting Porirua and Labour it has become a bit inevitable,’’ he said.
‘‘My name has been raised as a future Labour Party president, and that’s nice, but my immediate future lies in Porirua. I love being mayor and I’m 110 per cent dedicated to this city and this job.’’
Leggett said it was premature to talk about entering national politics.
‘‘There has to be a lot of water to go under that bridge,’’ he said. ‘‘Right now, there is real harmony in my role as mayor and promoting Porirua nationally.
‘‘I would love to be involved in the change that Labour must make to re-engage with its communities, but I’m not rushing off into anything.’’
Leggett said he was very disappointed by the events of Saturday night, but it bore out the talk he heard around Porirua. There was discontent among the core who traditionally voted Labour, he said.