Will English go for Clutha-Southland?

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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