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Labour has officially revealed who will contest the Dunedin South electorate for the party in this year's election following Clare Curran's announcement last year that she is not seeking reelection.
The Labour Party said in a statement today the seat would be contested by lawyer and journalist Ingrid Leary (52).
“It’s enormously humbling to have been selected by local members to stand to represent this community. I’m running for parliament to stand up for local people, and ensure the progress Dunedin is making under Jacinda Ardern’s leadership continues," Ms Leary said.
“I see the progress we are making under this Government, but I know there’s more work to do. That’s why I’m running for parliament and why I’ll be asking my community to support me this year,” she said.
Ingrid Leary is a mother of three and has been the director of the British Council New Zealand for the last 11 years and prior to that worked as a broadcast journalist.
Ms Leary said in a Facebook post: "[I have] never been through such an intense process. Now the real work begins!"
Incumbent Dunedin South MP Clare Curran also took to social media to comment on the announcement.
"Pretty emotional day. Passing the baton for Dunedin South Labour @IngridLeary Aroha to all the candidates. So proud of us. We are ready."