Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has again been forced to
deny she is the electorate MP aligned with Kim Dotcom's
Ms Curran was originally outed as an MP who had visited the
internet mogul but in her role as Labour's associate ICT
spokeswoman, she could have been seen as just doing her job.
Speculation has abounded about Mr Dotcom's claims he has
signed up an electorate MP to stand for his party in the
September 20 election.
Justice Minister Judith Collins is the latest to suggest Ms
Curran was that electorate MP but when approached by the
Otago Daily Times with the question, Ms Curran
replied: ''Judith Collins, don't you just love her?''
''I can categorically state 'it's not me'. I have been
confirmed as the Labour candidate in Dunedin South.
''Can you imagine the constituents of Dunedin South hearing
Clare Curran was standing for the Internet Party. The what?''
Ms Curran said she was ''tribal Labour'' and warned any
electorate MP would be ill-advised to believe he or she could
gain enough votes in their own capacity to win an electorate
for the Internet Party.
National Party Dunedin South spokeswoman Robyn Broughton said
National would open its nominations on April 19 to select a
candidate to stand in the electorate.
Jo Hayes, the candidate at the last election, was now a list
MP in Parliament and had indicated she wanted to stand in
Ms Broughton did not believe National was leaving its
selection late as Ms Hayes did not start campaigning at the
last election until mid-June and won the party vote.
''We will have interest in the selection and I am sure we
will have a robust selection process.
''We are using last election as a base and intend building on
that,'' Ms Broughton said.