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National's youngest MP set for re-election

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/12/2016

Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay © Facebook/Todd Barclay MP Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay National's youngest MP, Todd Barclay, has been selected to stand again in Clutha-Southland despite having a difficult first term in parliament.

Mr Barclay, 26, survived a challenge from property developer Simon Flood at a candidate selection meeting on Wednesday.

Clutha-Southland is a safe National seat previously held by Prime Minister Bill English.

Mr Barclay came to parliament in 2014 and two years later he was embroiled in a controversy over staff resignations in his electorate office.

Allegations were made that he had secretly recorded conversations with staff.

Police investigated but didn't lay charges.

Mr Barclay said he was thrilled about being chosen to stand again.

"I look forward to getting on the campaign trail and earning the right to continue to serve Clutha-Southland in parliament."

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