Brian Dobbs Statement 19/6/15
Brian Dobbs Statement
19 June 2015
I also thank you for coming today.
It is not hard to understand the media interest in the Conservative Party, we are New Zealand’s 5 highest polling party and on the cusp of entering parliament in 2017.
Our core policies of social and fiscal conservatism do resonate with many New Zealand voters evidenced not only by voter support but also our growing membership and supporter base.
As Colin has advised there is a desire to engage in a discussion around leadership and the board will be undertaking that process over the coming weeks.
I am grateful to Colin that he stood down to allow the board to explore all possible leadership options going forward.
I do want to acknowledge and publically thank Colin for the tremendous contribution that he has made in helping found the party, and his leadership of it through the first 3 years. He has showing outstanding commitment in advancing the cause of conservatism in New Zealand.
Colin has also advised that regardless of any board decision he will remain an active member and supporter of the party. This demonstrates to me the co-operative and committed approach that is so often found within our party.
There will inevitably be questions about what process or direction the board will take. In response I advise that the board has yet to determine that. What I can confirm is that we will be fully engaging with the various regional committees, members and supporters prior to making any further announcements.
Thank you for your attendance today. We will not be taking any questions but we are committed to updating you the media on any further developments.