MP for Rongotai
19 December 2016
National no-show gutless, but Labour is ready
Labour is ready and keen to talk about the problems facing electors in Mt Albert despite the gutless decision of Bill
English not to front a National candidate there, says Labour Deputy Leader Annette King.
“English is running scared from his first test as a leader. He clearly doesn’t want another bloody nose after the Mt
“We are more than ready for another contest and relish the chance to talk to people in Mt Albert about how Labour can
help them deal with the problems around rising crime, health, public transport and housing affordability.
“It’s typical of National. They don’t like building houses, so they don’t have a Housing Minister. They don’t like
by-elections so they don’t run in them.
“We take nothing for granted and will be seeking a mandate for Labour’s new candidate in Mt Albert. As we showed in Mt
Roskill, we are ready to fight a by-election and a general election.
“The easiest solution really is for Bill English to do everyone a favour. For tens of thousands of Kiwis a change of
government can’t come soon enough so let’s save the cost of a by-election and bring forward the general election,” says