Labour MP Lianne Dalziel is set to enter the Christchurch mayoral race, Fairfax Media understands.
The Christchurch East MP has long been rumoured as the favourite to challenge incumbent Bob Parker for the mayoral chains, following her high-profile role as Labour’s earthquake recovery spokeswoman, and criticism of the current council.
Her declaration is expected later this week.
Dalziel has the backing of her party for a mayoral bid, despite dropping out of the top 20-ranked Labour MPs in a party reshuffle in February.
If she stands and wins, she will likely have to resign her Christchurch East seat, triggering a by-election.
Worst kept secret ever.
In March she was “99 per cent” sure she would not stand, but a month later it was revealed she had attempted to recruit Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson as a potential running mate.
I don’t know why more MPs can’t be as honest as Maurice Williamson was and just say upfront that they are considering standing, rather than deny it one month and be trying to lien up running mates the next.
Last month she was still coy on a bid, but talked about the importance of an alternative council leadership that cut across political party lines.
She said at the time that she would consider standing if she got the “right” team behind her, but admitted it was likely to include candidates from the Left-leaning People’s Choice movement.
Their aim, is to get a Labour majority on Council.