Labour to put pressure on Guy in Darren’s old seatBy 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!
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.”