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Little to open Labour Mt Albert campaign

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/01/2017
Labour leader Andrew Little is launching Labour's campaign in the Mt Albert by-election on Sunday. © NZN Image/Sarah Robson Labour leader Andrew Little is launching Labour's campaign in the Mt Albert by-election on Sunday.

Labour is launching its campaign for the Mount Albert by-election which is expected to be a fight between Labour's Jacinda Ardern and the Green Party's Julie Anne Genter.

The by-election on February 25 in the safe Labour seat is to replace David Shearer, who resigned from parliament last year to lead United Nations peace keeping missions in South Sudan.

Mr Shearer won the seat in 2014 with more than 20,900 votes over National's 10,300 and the Green Party's little over 3000.

As in any by-election, people have only one vote - for their electorate MP. There is no party vote.

Prime Minister Bill English has said Ms Ardern would be "difficult to beat" after revealing National would not run a candidate against her in the by-election.

The party will instead look ahead to contesting the seat in the general election later in the year.

Joe Carolan, who received 290 votes in 2014 as a candidate for the Internet MANA Party is standing again, this time representing Socialist Aotearoa.

The only competition from the right comes from Vin Tomar, who will represent the New Zealand People's Party.

Mr Little launches Labour's campaign at YMCA Mt Albert Community Leisure Centre from 1pm on Sunday.

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