Melissa Lee sets sights on Mt Albert seat for National

Melissa Lee sets sights on Mt Albert seat for NationalNational MP Melissa Lee is putting her name forward to stand as the party’s candidate in the Mt Albert byelection [TVNZ News Politics]

Good to see Melissa Lee putting her hat into the ring. She is articulate, clever and a superb candidate. Veteran Mt Albert candidate Ravi Musuku has also put his hat in the ring for National.

I think Ravi has failed to understand the importance of a by-election versus cannon-fodder for a general election. It is incumbent of National to select the best possible candidate for the job not rewward someone for standing and getting beaten twice before.

On another note Labour sources have whispered to Whaleoil via the tipline that Conor Roberts will get the nomination for Labour. Reasons stated are that he isn’t from any faction, in particular Goff or clark factions and is genuinely liked by many across the party. If selected Roberts would defuse, for now, the Tizard Timebomb but it is only a matter of time before that goes off again.