So, Labour’s flying in some bloke called David Shearer to have a tilt at the Mt Albert selection. Apparently he’s been working for the UN Development Programme in Iraq and has quite a bit of foreign policy background. People like him, wife and kids, ticks all the boxes. He also seems to be pretty close to Goff and Twyford.
According to the Herald:
He is classed as a leading contender by the party hierarchy to contest the by-election but will still have to win support of the local electorate organisation.
I’m always a bit skeptical of parties where head office has a lot of power in candidate selection (the Greens being a notable exception to the rule) but the fact is in a hard-fought by-election like this Labour’s going to need to keep its local organisation onside if they want to have a shot at winning, and that can only be a good thing.
There’s still talk of at least one more highly credible candidate putting his hat in the ring today but we’ll have to wait and see whether that pans out. One thing’s for sure, the selection race just got a whole lot more interesting.