The Herald reports:
Green MP Sue Kedgley this morning announced that she would not stand for Parliament at the 2011 election.
Ms Kedgley said after four terms she was pleased she had been able to put food, animal welfare and natural health issues on the political agenda.
I can’t think of a single issue I actually agree with Sue on, but I acknowledge she has been an effective campaigner for her causes, and probably has been part of the Greens’ electoral success – she appeals to the mums concerned about food etc.
I do recall interviewing her before the 2008 election, and she want on and on about the need for better public transport in Wellington, I remarked to her how great the new Snapper cards were, and Sue said that she didn’t actually have one. It confirmed my suspicion that she spends more time advocating for public transport than actually using it.
It will be interesting to see how the Greens go in 2011, without so many of their more “iconic” figures.