National MP stands down from challenge

In November it was announced that someone would challenge list MP Paul Foster-Bell to be the National candidate in the Wellington Central electorate – see National MP challenge in Wellington Central.

National list MP Paul Foster-Bell, who stood in Wellington Central last election against Grant Robertson and James Shaw, is being challenged by Nicola Willis, who appears to be backed by John Key.

Foster-Bell has just announced that he will stand down from selection and won’t contest the election.

It sounds like he may be jumping before he was shoved aside.

Foster-Bell was ranked 46th on the National party list in the 2014 election. He is currently ranked at that same 46 on National’s website.

Candidate votes in Wellington Central in 2014:

  • Grant Robertson 19,807 (Labour 9,306)
  • Paul Foster-Bell 11,540 (National 14,689)
  • James Shaw 5,077 (Greens 11,545)

Will a better National candidate convert more party support into electorate votes? With a higher profile Shaw may split  more votes with Robertson.


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  1. She certainly will add youth, gender strength and has a real reputation as a High Flyer. Now working in a senior management position in Fonterra, and has a very good CV in Linked In. Good news candidate for National.

  2. duperez

     /  26th February 2017

    Paul Foster-Bell sought candidacy for the Whangarei electorate last time round. Safe seat sinecure I suppose. Every now and then he has been anointed as a ‘golden haired boy.’

  3. George

     /  26th February 2017

    Paul Foster-Bell could have done more for the Wellington Central in terms to helping business and also building rapport with the public. We need someone who can resonate with the business as well as the young entrepreneurs on the Wellington region.


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