Leggett as Labour pres­i­dent?

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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