Parker seeks to contest Epsom seat

Labour list MP and former cabinet minister David Parker, of Dunedin, is seeking to stand in the Auckland seat of Epsom at this November's general election.

Mr Parker, long associated with Dunedin but increasingly Auckland-based, confirmed to The New Zealand Herald yesterday he was seeking his party's Epsom nomination.

He is not expected to threaten Act New Zealand's John Banks, standing in place of Rodney Hide. Act may well need to win the seat to stay in Parliament.

National's Epsom candidate, Paul Goldsmith has confirmed his focus will be on the party rather than the electorate vote.

The Herald has reported National and Act were working on a deal to give Act a clear run in Epsom in return for not standing candidates in certain marginal seats, to increase National's chances.

The aim would be to shut out the likes of Labour's Clayton Cosgrove in Waimakariri and Andrew Little in New Plymouth.


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