An opportunity for Labour?

John Armstrong writes:

will have very mixed feelings about being forced by one of its MPs to fight a byelection in , even though it is one of the party’s safest seats in the Wellington region.

The byelection sparked by Winnie Laban’s departure to a job at Victoria University is a nuisance for Labour and an opportunity.

I like the idea put forward by on National Radio this week. Matthew proposed that Labour should arrange an effective mini-election in November – in Mana, , and .

This could be a circuit breaker for Labour – they’d get publicity for four to six weeks, and would probably win all four seats, achieving a massive rejuvenation. This would help their chances in 2011 significantly, as they would look a lot less like the bunch thrown out.

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