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Ardern set for Mt Albert by-election

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/01/2017

Jacinda Ardern © Getty Images Jacinda Ardern Labour MP Jacinda Ardern is set to be been confirmed as her party's candidate for the Mt Albert by-election in February.

The Auckland-based list MP was the sole name in the hat when nominations closed on Thursday.

Labour general secretary Andrew Kirton says that, in line with the internal process, Ardern will be confirmed as the candidate by local party members at a special meeting on January 22.

"We're really looking forward to talking to locals in Mt Albert about the National Party's dismal record on housing, health, and transport," he said.

"It's just a shame that National isn't prepared to front up to the Mt Albert community and explain their record."

The by-election, set down for February 25, was called after former Labour leader David Shearer quit Parliament to head the United Nations mission in South Sudan.

National is not contesting the by-election, with Prime Minister Bill English saying the seat is a safe one for Labour and his party is focused on the general election.

Mr Shearer won in 2014 with a majority of 10,656.

The Green Party will stand a candidate, who is likely to be MP Julie Anne Genter, its spokesperson on transport, health and Auckland issue.

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