National to open Epsom nominations

June 9th, 2011 at 12:20 pm by David Farrar

Belinda mcCammon writes:

The Party will open nominations this weekend for the Auckland blue-ribbon seat of , anticipated to be one of the most-watched contests of the general election.
 
National Party Northern Region chairman Alan Towers told Fairfax nominations would open on Saturday and close on June 24.

”We would expect at least five candidates to put their name forward for Epsom which is a safe blue seat, bearing in mind the party vote is what counts.”
 
While there has been considerable interest in Epsom, only one person – National Party office holder – has publicly announced he will seek the nomination so far.

And Aaron would be a very good candidate. It will be interesting to see who else stands.

John Banks has been saying very constructive things about how he is not returning to Parliament to bag people in National, and how he just wants to push National to do more. It’s a message that will go down very well in Epsom, and will make it fairly easy for National voters to vote for him.

It is, in my opinion, a better message that claiming John Key is a traitor who has sold out to Labour and the Greens.

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16 Responses to “National to open Epsom nominations”

  1. GJ (329 comments) says:

    It’s just a shame Banks is not the current Mayor of Auckland!

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  2. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Fridays Dompost frontpage is… Farrar Endorses Bhatnagar!

    And will then spin how this is in fact a covert endorsment by Key.

    No wait, was that the Strandard or the Dompost? Meh whats the difference.

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  3. nasska (11,756 comments) says:

    ….”It’s just a shame Banks is not the current Mayor of Auckland!”…..

    Agreed…if he was ACT might get a few list votes as well come November.

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  4. JamesP (77 comments) says:

    So an ex-National member turned Act member against an ex-Act member turned National member. Fun times!

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  5. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Why, does Banks own a suit of amour and a sword so he could deal with that taniwha?

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  6. flipper (4,188 comments) says:

    One thing Banksie is not ….. Yellow!

    Let’s declare the result now:

    1. Banks elected as MP for Epsom
    2. NP wins party vote by 10 miles.

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  7. Rodal 1946 (7 comments) says:

    Come 27th August, the Epsom Campaign, given that Aaron wins the National nomination will see two of the most credible candidates we have had in Epsom for some time and it should make for a very interesting 90 days of campaigning. As James P eludes to there are some interesting twists her. Aaron: National – ACT – National. Banksie: National -ACT. Whilst pre-empting Aarons endorsement he will still run a vigourous campaign for the party vote. Thats on the unknown as yet assumption that JK is only seeking the Party Vote. Should JK decide that the polls come August 27th are leaning heavily in Nationals favour so as to be able to govern alone JK could conceivably change the strategy and appeal to his Epsom constituency to gice Aaron two ticks. This is still a possibility that this could happen. Notwithstanding if there is a reversal of strategy, a 2008 majority in excess of 12000 iregardless of a change in the Leadership of the party or candidacy in the Electorate I cannot recall since MMP was introduced whether such a majority has been overturned in a period of three years. As a National Party member since 1963 and up to 2005 when I have supported Rodney and ACT since then and given I have admiration for both candidates there remains subject to JK’s ultimate decision in Epsom a dilemma come November, 2011

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  8. georgebolwing (965 comments) says:

    How strange that the “detoxing” of ACT and the selection of Mr Banks for Epsom coincides with the PM getting just a bit tougher: last week welfare reform, this week labour market reform.

    A cynic would suggest that National’s internal polling is showing that there is the start of a leakage of votes from National’s right to ACT and their more muscular recent policy announcements are designed as a counter.

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  9. Pete George (23,676 comments) says:

    DPF – have you talked on the phone to Bhatnagar for half an hour this month? I hope you keep your phone accounts in a secure location.

    But what if you’ve been on the phone to Banks for twenty minutes? Would that on balance make it a third of a conspiracy?

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  10. MikeG (425 comments) says:

    @ Rodal –

    I disagree – Bhatnagar will get a comfortable list spot so National can campaign that Epsom can have 2 MPs and the two candidates enjoy a cosy campaign while making sure that they don’t step on each others toes.

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  11. flipper (4,188 comments) says:

    Oh Dear
    All this is crap.
    Well may be it is politics 2011
    But if it is, please consider where we are.

    May I refer to my earlier post:

    “One thing Banksie is not ….. Yellow!

    Let’s declare the result now:

    1. Banks elected as MP for Epsom
    2. NP wins party vote by 10 miles.”

    Forget whatshisname. He is not important.

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  12. BlairM (2,362 comments) says:

    This is a jackup, and it makes me angry.

    If I was in New Zealand right now I would contest this nomination. Epsom, and National, deserve better than a patsy for a candidate. Banks needs to be beaten, and National need a candidate who wants to beat him. I would take the fight to him and remind centre right voters of Banksie’s, and ACT’s, record in government. Any Nats in Epsom who want to win and not roll over to ACT should nominate someone who is going to do the job, not one of Banksie’s buddies.

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  13. adam2314 (377 comments) says:

    @ MikeG.

    On the button with that statement.

    One on the list.. one voted in..

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  14. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Crikey, what a farce Epsom is becoming. If you are a National voter you could choose-
    1. An ex-National who whose party will force privitization, de-unionization and large government spending reductions.
    or
    2. An official candidate who believes the same things, but who you will be told not to vote for to ensure the above happens.

    So who are the centre right nationals supposed to vote for?

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  15. Viking2 (11,541 comments) says:

    National will need all the votes it can get if it continues with this compulsory racism.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/5124638/Te-reo-compulsory-for-teachers

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  16. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    I just can’t imagine Aaron laying down and letting John win this.
    If that’s what National want, best they pick someone else.

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