Party makes MP offer he can refuse


David Benson-Pope
David Benson-Pope
Dunedin South MP David Benson-Pope will not be accepting an invitation to stand as the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party's (ALCP) electorate candidate at the next election.

"Their judgement has obviously been impaired by their recreational habits," he said when contacted.

ALCP spokesman Julian Crawford issued an email invitation to the MP, through the media, formally inviting him to stand as the party's Dunedin South candidate.

"We think Mr Benson-Pope would make a great addition to the ALCP team at a time when the party is struggling to gain the support of `middle' New Zealand.

"Mr Benson-Pope has previously won the seat with a 10,000-vote majority.

''Many thousands of South Dunedin constituents also use cannabis.

''This is thought to work in Mr Benson-Pope's favour if he accepts the nomination," Mr Crawford said.

Mr Benson-Pope, the three-term MP who was controversially not selected as Labour's Dunedin South candidate to contest the election, said he had not received the approach from the ALCP.

If he did, it would be declined.

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