Leggett legging it to National?

It is being rumoured that Nick Leggett may stand for National in next year’s election, having left Labour and having had a boot up the bum from Andrew Little.

When he was Porirua mayor Nick Leggett was touted as a future Labour Party leader. But he had to leave Labour to stand for the Wellington mayoralty, and was blasted by Andrew little as ‘right wing’.

In August in Labour MPs forbidden from associating with “right-wing” Wellington mayoral candidate:

And he’s making it clear he considers Nick Leggett, a former Labour Party member, a right-winger.

“His campaign manager is well-known ACT party identity. We know that there’s money from the right-wing that has gone into his campaign. He’s a right-wing candidate.”

Wellington Mayoral candidate Nick Leggett appears to be public enemy number one for the Labour Party as its MPs are forbidden from associating with him.

Labour Leader Andrew Little has pulled rank, preventing MP Stuart Nash from speaking at an event where Mr Leggett was also speaking.

Mr Little said the event was for right-wingers who have routinely sought to undermine the Labour Party and it’s not right for a Labour MP to share a platform with people who do that.

In October Little seemed to have softened. From Another contender in fight for Mt Roskill:

Former Porirua mayor Nick Leggett would be welcome back into the Labour fold as someone with a “big future ahead of him”, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

“Nick is a talented guy…whether he just saw an opportunity for those who wanted to back him for mayor against a Labour candidate, who knows,” Little said, after Labour-endorsed Justin Lester was confirmed as mayor last night.

“He is a talented guy and he has got a big future ahead of him. But he has got to work with people who can organise for his success.”

On Tuesday Leggett indicated that those people wouldn’t be from Labour. Newstalk ZB: Nick Leggett: Labour has changed and I’m not going back

Nick Leggett told Tim Fookes he’s still interested in a career in politics, but it wouldn’t be with Labour as the party has changed.

“I want to live in a country that’s open, its borders are open, it’s open to migrants, it’s open to trade.”

“Unfortunately Labour seems to be going in the opposite direction to that, and I think it’s very sad.”

This morning from Newshub: From Labour to National, is Nick Leggett jumping ship?

Rumours are circulating that former Porirua mayor and ex-Labour stalwart Nick Leggett could be standing in the Mana electorate at next year’s election for the National Party.

It’s up for grabs following Hekia Parata’s decision to leave politics however Mr Leggett says nothing is official – yet.

“I would never say never but I say that in the widest possible sense,” he said.

“I won’t rule out standing for any, I think that would be silly to.”

Labour’s Kris Faafoi (19,651) easily beat Hekia Parata (11,698) in Mana in 2014 but National was ahead by over 2,000 votes in the party vote. Parata won’t be standing again next year.

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9 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  25th November 2016

    Welcome aboard Nick. You will need a crash course regarding the” RIGHT WAY.” But you should be good to go if needed. Once JK touches you his luck will be transferred for your benefit.
    Only one rule, son. Righties don’t snivel. They do. Snivelling is for rats on a sinking ship knowing they will soon drown. Make the ”RIGHT” decision, Nick.

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    • Blazer

       /  26th November 2016

      at least you concede Key relies on…’luck’….the question is ..when will it run out?

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  2. Despite the protestations of Little and the writers and contributors at TheStandard, the ideological difference between the largest bloc of both the left and right here is wafer thin. The difference between a rightish leftist and a leftish rightist is even more negligible. I’d go as far to say that much of the core support is pretty well tribal and all quite anachronistic.

    In Leggett, it seem we have a pragmatic, career politician – if he can convince the right he can be trusted, that he’s there to make a difference, not just to enter Parliament on any team, he could claim Mana. He won’t appeal to everyone, but he may just have a broader following that could take him over the line. Let’s not forget Nats got the Party vote there.

    There’s always ACT for the more classically Liberal & the economically disenchanted, or over at Club pain strange there’s the Greens. If you’re into that whole core Western anti-imperialism, anti-patriarchal, needs over means with a vague nod to whales and snails side of things.

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  3. duperez

     /  25th November 2016

    I did a double take thinking I had got onto Kiwiblog!

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  25th November 2016

    Dont vote for a ship changing arsehole, could you trust him

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    • PDB

       /  25th November 2016

      You’re right Lurch – Winston not telling people who he will side with post-election means no one should give NZL First their vote.

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  5. In the Nick of time it would be! If he does move to National, it demonstrates just how far the Labour leadership has moved to the far left and have by default surrendered the centre to National, and we all know that S(he) who rules the centre rules New Zealand, don’t we?

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