Webb, a long-time Labour Party member and insurance expert, has announced his intention to stand for Christchurch Central, after nominations closed last week.
National’s Nicky Wagner won the traditional Labour stronghold by only 47 votes in 2011, ousting former journalist Brendon Burns.
The associate Christchurch regeneration minister retained the seat in 2014 against Labour candidate Tony Milne and increased her majority.
Wagner increased it to 2,320 last time. Hopefully it will increase even more in 2017.
In 2014 Labour only got 26.3% of the party vote in Christchurch Central.
Christchurch Central should “never be a National seat”, he said.
“It’s full of ordinary, working people with small businesses and [the electorate] isn’t well served by a Government looking simply at running a surplus.”
If it is full of working people with small businesses, then why would they vote Labour who are looking at paying everyone not to work, and wish to abolish the right of small businesses to have 90 day grievance free trials for new staff.