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Labour has selected businessman and former academic Cliff Allen as its candidate for the Hamilton East seat.
Dr Allen works at a property investment company and has previously lectured in corporate communications at Waikato University.
He is also the chairman of the Refugee Orientation Centre Trust, an organisation which helps refugees integrate into society.
The Hamilton East seat has been held by National MP David Bennett since 2005. Mr Bennett was re-elected with a 8275-vote majority in 2011.