David Shearer Interview

Helen Clark and Darren Hughes at Martha’s Vineyard earlier this week

Labour to put pressure on  Guy in Darren’s old seat

By the Editor, Alan Tristram

The Labour Party says it’s getting ready to put real pressure on the National MP for Ōtaki, Nathan Guy.

Mr Guy took the seat in 2008 from Darren Hughes, Labour incumbent and protege of former PM Helen Clark (shown,left, with Darren on holiday recently at Martha’s Vineyard in the US).

But now Labour wants the seat back.

In an exclusive interview with the Kāpiti Independent, Labour Leader David Shearer says Mr Guy is firmly in Labour’s sights.

And in a radical new step, Labour has announced  that MP Annette King will act as a ‘buddy MP’ for the yet-to-be-announced Labour candidate.

In the interview, Mr Shearer says: “ I think it’s a seat that’s winnable.

“The tide went the other way in the last two elections. My prediction is that the tide will be going in the opposite way for the 2014 election.”

Mr Shearer says: “So my sense is that it’s very winnable – we are going to be intensifying our activities in the area!

“We would like to see Mr Guy as a list MP as opposed to an electorate MP.”

On the plan to have a sitting Labour member act as a ‘buddy MP’ for a new candidate, Mr Shearer says the Party has just completed a ‘rejig’ of its plans here.

“This is just to make it work a bit better, he says.

“So I can confidently predict that you will see more of a Labour presence around than you have seen up to now.”





Good comments, Jan, I agree with you.
I follow Darren’s Face Book page so keep up with his activities.

Thanks for your interesting coverage of Darren Hughes’ activities. An interesting interview and fair coverage of David Shearers Comments. I am sick of the print media, either ignoring him or publishing him in a derogatory manner. Keep up the good work