Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


The Race For Epsom

The Race For Epsom

Monday 25th Oct 1999
Rodney Hide
Media Release -- Other

ACT Finance spokesman and Epsom candidate Rodney Hide today said that he had been overwhelmed by the support of Epsom voters following ACT leader Richard Prebble's announcement yesterday that ACT will go all the way to contest the seat of Epsom.

"Since Mayor Fletcher deserted the electorate I have been the MP for Epsom. The Epsom electorate has rewarded my support. I have been humbled by the calls for me to stand for the seat and the offers of help for my campaign.

"The people of Epsom are sick and tired of being taken for granted. They want an effective MP. They want someone who will stand up for them. They are angry that National's Richard Worth thinks he can just put up some billboards and expect to inherit the seat.

"I have news for Richard Worth. He is in for the battle of his life. I will be in each and every street. I have a full programme of house meetings and public meetings. I will be contacting every voter to ask for their support. I fully intend to win the seat and be Epsom's next MP.

"I challenge Richard Worth to front up to the voters he wants to represent to explain why they should vote for him. Everywhere I go through the electorate people are asking me, "Where's Richard Worth?" I have to tell them: he's busy campaigning in the Northern Club.

"I want the people of Epsom to vote for me because I am experienced, effective and proven. I have achieved in my first three years in Parliament. I will achieve much more in the next three years.

"My values are Epsom values. These are the values of hard work, thrift and enterprise.

"ACT's policies are Epsom's policies. These are the policies for positive change of low flat tax, tough on law and order, welfare that offers a hand-up not a hand-out, an education system that delivers for each and every child in the country, and a strict timetable to ensure the fair and final settlement of Treaty claims.

"Independent polling shows that I am coming a close second to Richard Worth. He's polling 31 percent - less than half the 69 percent Mayor Fletcher won when she stood for the seat in 1996. I am on 26 percent - within five percent of Richard. 23 percent of voters are still to make their mind up. Labour's David Jacobs is coming a distant third on 15 percent.

"It's a great race. The support is fantastic. I am just so proud to be doing so well. I am proud too that there is now every prospect that Epsom voters will reward my energy and commitment with the great privilege of representing them in Parliament as the MP for Epsom," said Rodney Hide.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news