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Watch the Greens, English warns Labour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/02/2017

Prime Minister Bill English says the Labour/Greens election campaign could run into trouble.

The two parties have signed up to running a campaign together and on Sunday gave an unprecedented State of the Nation presentation.

When he announced on Wednesday the election would be held on September 23, Mr English said there was no way National would work with a Labour/Greens alliance, and wouldn't work with the Greens alone.

Asked whether National could work with Labour - which has never happened - he replied: "No. Not if at all possible."

Mr English said National had tried to establish common ground with the Greens in the past.

"There's a reason why the Greens have been in opposition so long," he said.

"We found that part of it was they found it very difficult to share the credit for anything they developed - and they developed a habit, which Labour should watch out for, of attacking our leader in a very personal and nasty way."

Mr English said he thought Labour had "a sneaking suspicion" about the Greens' tactics.

"They're either going to have to get comfortable with it or end up telling the country on the eve of the election that they're divorcing the Greens and suddenly no one will know what they hell is going on."

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