Another National MP has announced that she will stand down at the next election.
Kate Wilkinson has announced that she will be standing down in 2014. Her seat of Waimakariri will attract a lot of attention. With the likely boundary changes it should become a very safe National seat and the nomination will be keenly sought. The rumour is that Matthew Doocey, the current National candidate for Christchurch East wants to throw his hat in the ring.
Speculation is growing in political circles that National’s Christchurch East candidate, Matthew Doocey, may be in the mix to be the party’s Waimakariri nomination.
Both Doocey and Roger Bridge did not categorically rule that out when contacted. Bridge said he “not even discussed it”.
“That’s a decision for Matt to make. My role really is just to ensure there is an open and fair form of selection . . . it’s up to the local members in the electorate to make the decision. It’s not something to be controlled from the party in Wellington,” Bridge said.
Doocey said “it’s not on my radar” and he was firmly focused on his Christchurch East campaign.
The timing is extraordinary and you have to wonder why National Head Office did not hold back on this until after the by election. The comment has been made to me that the people of Christchurch East have been through so much over the last three years, there are still people without good housing and without insurance payouts and they need an MP who is comitted to them like Lianne Dalziel was. Instead, the National Party candidate appears to be already lining up the next seat he will run in before the bylection is even over.
It is not as if he does not have a chance of winning in Christchurch East. National won the party vote heavily in the last election and it was only the high regard that Lianne Dalziel was held in that resulted in her re-election. And a large number of people have left the area, further confusing the analysis of the political leaning of the area. Anything can happen on November 30.
Christchurch East and the people who have suffered through the earthquakes deserve an MP who will work for the people in the area. This news suggests that Doocey’s focus may be more on his own career than on helping local people.
Update: And Katrina Shanks is going too. It looks like National want to win back Ohariu. H/t CV.