Speculation that David Benson-Pope will stand as an independent in Dunedin South continues:
The Otago Daily Times understands private polling being undertaken in the electorate shows Mr Benson-Pope would win in a canter should he decide to stand.
His name recognition is high and people feel he was a good electorate MP who was treated badly by the party and trade unions.
If he did win the seat it would create, or add to, an overhang. That would help the centre left because if Helen Clark can stomach Winston Peters she could no doubt put aside past concerns with Benson-Pope to help her retain the reins of power.