Will English go for Clutha-Southland?

February 14th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Outgoing Federated Farmers chief executive has not ruled out standing for the electorate seat, currently occupied by his brother Bill, in this year’s general election.

Conor English announced his resignation from the nationwide organisation, effective from July 23, last week, stating there were “many opportunities” he would like to pursue.

There has been speculation these opportunities might include putting his name forward for Clutha-Southland, to be vacated by his brother, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.

Yesterday, Conor English said the chances of him standing for the seat were very low, but, when asked if he would consider putting his name forward, he would not rule it out.

Off memory Conor sought the nomination for Awarua in 1993, but was beaten by Eric Roy. If he had won it, then Bill and Conor would have been neighbouring MPs. Conor also worked in the Beehive in the 1990s for John Luxton.

It will be interesting to see who seeks the nomination. It is basically a seat for life, so I hope a lot of talented people contest the selection.

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14 Responses to “Will English go for Clutha-Southland?”

  1. Pete George (23,578 comments) says:

    I first saw suggested as a possibility nearly two weeks ago, by Dene Mackenzie (ODT).

    “I grew up in a household that talked a lot about the three “P’s” – the Prime Minister, the Pope and the President of Federated Farmers. It has been a great privilege for me to lead this organisation in the capacity of CEO and to serve our fantastic farmers and rural community.

    “2014 will be a year of change and excitement for me,” Mr English said.

    English and English

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  2. Monty (978 comments) says:

    I think Conor English will be a natural for the seat. just so long as he never has aspirations to be leader. I don’t think I could handle another election with national only getting 22%

    Otherwise I wish him all the best.

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  3. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Clayton Cosgrove on the power price cut that saved the Bluff aluminium smelter (NZ’s biggest industrial exporter) as reported in Stuff:

    Clayton Cosgrove branded the government subsidy as “corporate welfare at its worst”.

    That should stuff Labour in the eyes of Invercargill voters, whose electorate is surrounded by Clutha-Southland. Labour will now have bugger all chance of winning the Invercargill seat in November.

    National should send Cosgrove a letter of thanks.

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  4. edhunter (547 comments) says:

    It is basically a seat for life… so what then the seat gets handed down from English the Elder to English the Younger?
    I’m sure it’s been done before Brothers serving in parliament but it’s hardly seems representative.

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  5. Crusader (314 comments) says:

    I’m sure it’s been done before Brothers serving in parliament but it’s hardly seems representative.

    We have MMP, so both Green voters in Clutha/Southland can feel that their votes counted.

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  6. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Don’t forget the simple fact that all South Island seats have turned red once David Cunliffe has taken over the leader of Labour…..

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  7. duggledog (1,558 comments) says:

    Good buggers down those parts. I could just about move there if it wasn’t so bloody cold. Reminds me of how NZ used to be, in some parts

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  8. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Who Connor English may have arrived on this earth with as a sibling is of zero impact.

    Just judge the man on what he states and stands for end of story.

    Using any other criteria is absolute nonsense.

    I am certain the good burghers of Clutha/Southland will make a decision that will be the best offering and knowing some of them as I do, being Simon William English’s brother has more chance of being an obstacle than a boost.

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  9. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    I’ve finally realised SCS is Kiwiblog’s Mr Sarc!

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  10. Hair Removal Specialist (80 comments) says:

    Depends which party he stands for of course ;)

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  11. doggone7 (806 comments) says:

    Conor will find it hard to equal his brother’s largesse but I’m sure Bill will find some kindness for him to distribute.

    “Rio Tinto will not reimburse the $30 million Government subsidy it received to keep Tiwai Point open, in spite of posting a $3.7 billion 2013 profit.”

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  12. Reboot (101 comments) says:

    Hopefully Conor is not another big government/centre-left politician like his brother.

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  13. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    The people of the south have finally awoken to the fact that Labour are pathetic scum that don’t warrant a mention . . . look at losers such as Cosgrove (referred to in Labour circles as a buffoon), attempting to make political traction at the expense of the smelter, what a effen clown. Would like to see Dunedin South wake up and arse that weird feminist out also.

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  14. Warren Murray (311 comments) says:

    How many brothers have been MPs in the same parliament? I can recall the Douglas brothers and the Sutton brothers. Bound to be others. There is a whiff of nepotism to having Connor step in to the seat, but thats for the members of Clutha Southland to sort out.

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