MP gives no hint of plans

David Benson-Pope
David Benson-Pope
Dunedin South MP David Benson-Pope remains coy about his future after the Labour Party list released yesterday did not contain his name.

The MP was earlier this year beaten for the Dunedin South nomination by Dunedin public relations consultant Clare Curran in a sometimes bitter battle.

The electorate remains divided, with Mr Benson-Pope still commanding large personal loyalty from many in the electorate.

He has been urged to stand in an independent capacity.

Asked yesterday whether he had decided about his future in politics, Mr Benson-Pope said it was not surprising his name was not on the list as he had not sought to be ranked there.

"I have no other comment to make other than to urge people to vote Labour with their party vote."

There could be some indication of his future on September 9, 10 or 11.

On those days, retiring MPs will give their valedictory speeches in Parliament.

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