Labour MP Phil Twyford announced today he will not be seeking the nomination for the Mt Albert by-election.
Twyford said he believed the by-election was an ideal opportunity to bring more fresh talent into Parliament, building on Labour’s 2008 intake.
“I am already a Member of Parliament. If someone from outside stands and wins Mt Albert we get another injection of renewal, adding to the 13 new Labour MPs elected last year,’ Phil Twyford said.
‘That will make us a stronger Opposition and is an investment in the next Labour Government.
“I will be working hard in the coming weeks with other Labour Party members to win Mt Albert for Labour.
“Mt Albert is Labour heartland. The strong party organisation is one of the legacies of Helen Clark’s immense contribution to Labour.
‘I am confident that with such a great team of party activists we will win the by-election and win it convincingly,” Phil Twyford said.
Oh well that leaves him available for another worthy electorate – Auckland Central perhaps. Labour needs to do early selections for the ‘vacant’ seats. In the meantime I suspect this will leave the wingnuts at a loss for a few days. They were so looking forward to the Tizard fear campaign. However I suspect that National electorate MP’s will look at this formidable campaign organiser and tremble 😈 I’ve seen him in action.
It does now leave it open to others in Mt Albert for the selection. They have a day left for getting a selection in (I think it closes tommorrow). In the meantime I’ll keep getting things organised in my home seat to see how much of a trouncing we can give the Nat’s.
[lprent: updated photo]