The ODT reports (not on line) that David Benson Pope is still neither confirming nor denying rumours he’ll seek the Dunedin South seat as an indpendent or for another party. But:
It is understoood his valedictory speech in the House tomorrow will emphasise the farewell speech is his last as a Labour MP.
That of course begs the question, will there be other speeches as an MP but not a Labour one?
Delaying an announcement continues to give him publicity so he has everything to gain by delaying an announcement and he’s dropped and he’s dropped hints that he will seek the seat again.