Seymour emerges victorious for ACT
HE was the Little Engine That Could.
ACT leader David Seymour has once again swept to victory in Auckland’s Epsom electorate, putting him in pole position to negotiate another support agreement with National as it seeks to form a new government.
Seymour toasted his success surrounded by several hundred supporters at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Westhaven – a question as to why ACT wasn’t celebrating in Epsom was met with a firm reminder: ‘‘We’re running a national campaign’’.
ACT once again failed to come anywhere close to the five per cent threshold, but no matter – Seymour’s Epsom win means the maverick politician is guaranteed a return to Parliament.
ACT voter Libby Shaw was delighted with the win. She hopes Seymour’s presence in the house will help keep PMBill English and his ministers on the straight and narrow.
‘‘I believe that minor parties are essential underMMPand I want ACT’s influence to keep National honest,’’ she says.
The 31-year-old works in advertising in Sydney, and says international relations between Australia and New Zealand were another key concern behind her vote.
Property analyst Josh Taylor of Helensville – a fellow ACT voter – agrees the party will act as