Sey­mour emerges vic­to­ri­ous for ACT

Sunday News - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG HOYLE

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

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