Newstalk ZB reports that failed Dunedin Mayoral candidate Olivier Lequeux has put his name forward to challenge the Labour selection in Dunedin South.
According to ZB:
Mr Lequeux says Labour approached him to put his name forward. He is now in Auckland meeting with party officials.
This strikes me as highly unlikely. My sources tell me Lequeux is widely disliked in Dunedin, having ripped off a lot of people through his dodgy business dealings. Word has it Lequeux even had to flee to France at one stage to avoid his debts. And according to an article on his own website,
By his own admission, there are some who view him as a “womaniser”. The Montpellier native, responsible for a string of cafe and bar ventures in Dunedin, admits his credit history has not always been good, and in a moment of candour tells me administration is not his strong point.
I understand Lequeux is a Labour Party member and is perfectly entitled to stand for selection. But with a chequered past like his it is almost certain he does not have the party’s backing, and I’m surprised at ZB’s lack of research. How hard would it have been for them to check?