Bob Parker warns of problems if Lianne Dalziel runs for Christchurch mayoralty – could it be she might win?
After months of speculation, the MP for Christchurch East and Labour’s earthquakes spokesperson announced on Wednesday that she is running for the mayoralty.
Ms Dalziel will resign in October this year, forcing a by-election in late November. She has been an MP since 1990.
On Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noonprogramme on Wednesday, Lianne Dalziel would not be drawn on her specific policies but said she wants more community engagement. She said she would stand as an independent and does not have a running mate.
Ms Dalziel said Bob Parker has failed to unite city councillors and she wants to remedy that. She said she is against partially selling strategic assets, including Christchurch airport, to help fund the city’s rebuild following recent damaging earthquakes and wants to improve relations with the Government.
However, Mr Parker said on Wednesday that, if elected, Ms Dalziel would have to deal with the consequences of years of negative comments about the council and the Government.
He said her calling for Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee to resign isn’t a good place to start a relationship.
“She’s spent the last three years bad-mouthing the council, bad-mouthing the Government and the minister over the recovery process – and that is something that she’ll need to come to terms with.”
The outcome of the local body election will be known on 12 October.
PM says Dalziel quitting over party concerns
The Prime Minister says Lianne Dalziel is quitting national politics because she sees no future with the Labour and it is clear that the party is in difficulty.
John Key last week accused Labour of hypocrisy after four MPs accepted corporate hospitality from SkyCity at the first All Blacks test against France earlier in June despite being a staunch opponent of a proposed deal with the casino to build a convention centre in Auckland.
Mr Key on Wednesday cited this as an example of problems within Labour.
“There’s a real concern within the Labour camp. All the things that we see is that they’re not doing terribly well at the moment. You can see by what happened at SkyCity that they’re quite divided internally when you’ve got senior MPs doing pretty silly things like that.
“They’re obviously not getting much leadership at the top and I think that she’s just decided that their chances are quite low, so she’s leaving.”
Mr Key said the National Party would contest a by-election in Christchurch East, but had no expectations of winning.
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