What took them so long? – Labour and Greens begin bargaining for 2017 election seats
They’ve criticised National over electorate deals – but 1 NEWS has confirmed Labour and the Greens are doing deals of their own for next year’s election.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei is planning to run in Te Tai Tonga, taking on Labour’s Rino Tirakatene.
And in Nelson, Labour are talking about standing aside to give the Greens a clear run there.
In return, the Greens wouldn’t contest the Ohariu seat long held by United Future’s Peter Dunne.
Speaking to TVNZ’s Breakfast programme this morning, Labour Leader Andrew Little refused to confirm that deals have officially been done, but said that provisions are in place for such deals between parties.
Patrick Gower’s head will explode about “dirty deals”, but there is a difference between formally aligned parties stepping aside for their partner in seats they can’t win, as above, and throwing a seat that you can win to bring a muppet party into parliament, Epsom.
Does National intend to run candidates in the Māori electorates, or will they encourage votes for the Māori Party like last time? #DirtyDeal
— Graeme Edgeler (@GraemeEdgeler) November 29, 2016