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Enough To Make Supporters Green Around The Gills

Press Release
For Immediate Release

24 June 1999

Enough To Make Your Supporters Green Around The Gills!

Coromandel MP Murray McLean can't work out for the life of him why the Green Party has selected a candidate living in England to contest this year's general election.

"I'm preparing for a good contest against the Greens in the Coromandel, yet this latest announcement completely undermines their seriousness about the upcoming election," he said.

Mr McLean said Green Party nominees who stood for candidacy must be feeling totally demoralised, knowing they've been beaten by someone living on the other side of the world.

"I realise that a lot of Kiwis live in UK, but how is this Ms Wade-Brown going to get her message effectively out to them. If I was in the Green Party, I'd be annoyed to think that valuable electioneering resources are heading to the UK in some vain attempt to try and win overseas votes."

"This party is in a fragile state of existence and I would have thought such a small team would be focusing on consolidating here in New Zealand, before trying to take on the world."

Mr McLean said it also throws into question the ability levels of Green Party nominees here in New Zealand. He asks: "Were the party's talent scouts forced to head overseas?"

"Strangely the Greens are celebrating the fact that it's is a New Zealand first to select a candidate who lives overseas. If I was a member of this small party, I'd be feeling extremely let down," he said.


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