Will PPTA’s Roberts stand for Labour?

Stuff reports:

Labour leader Andrew Little has ruled out running in New Plymouth in this year’s election, leaving it wide open for outgoing teacher union president and Taranaki high school teacher, Angela Roberts.

After four years at the helm of the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) Roberts is packing up the last of the boxes and clearing her Wellington desk as she prepares to return to her job as an economics teacher at rural Stratford High School.

There has been speculation as Roberts tenure draws to an end that she might be head-hunted to run in New Plymouth, which was the most marginal seat in the country when National MP Jonathan Young won it in 2008.

“I’d consider it – it’s a fabulous electorate and I grew up there,” she said.

Little has spoken with Roberts about running – both New Plymouth and Whanganui, the electorate she lives in, have been thrown up as possibilities.

Labour is desperately short of unionists in its caucus, so of course they need more.

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