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Ex-police union boss seeks Labour nod

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017

The former head of the police union Greg O'Connor is looking to enter politics by seeking Labour's nomination to stand in the Ohariu electorate.

Mr O'Connor said the decision to joined Labour was a natural one for him and said after living and working in the electorate for a number of years it made sense to stand for the seat.

"I want to be part of a government which is focused on ensuring all New Zealanders receive proper housing, education, health care and jobs. And part of a government that strives for a safe and secure society for all its members", Mr O'Connor said.

He was president of the Police Association for more than 20 years and had advocating the arming of all police.

United Future leader Peter Dunne holds the seat and Mr O'Connor, while not naming Mr Dunne, said it would a challenge to beat the incumbent.

Mr Dunne, an MP since 1984, is a support party for the National-led government and won the seat in 2014 with a majority of 710 over Labour candidate Virginia Anderson.

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