This is an extraordinary letter. John Terris was the Labour MP for Western Hutt for four terms – 1978 to 1990. He was also Mayor of Lower Hutt from 1995 to 2004.
His key paragraph is:
Despite old allegiances, I would vote for him (Bishop) at the next election because we need a new face and new ideas, not an old attack dog with no teeth.
Bishop, despite being a List MP, has done an amazing amount in the Hutt in the last year. He’s set up awards, supported local businesses and community groups, taken issues to the Council, and done more as a List MP than many electorate MPs do.
He deserves to become the MP for Hutt South and I am confident he will do so.