David Benson-Pope is not going to stand for Dunedin South.
However, the MP did not go without a fight.
Mr Benson-Pope (58) lost the Labour Party nomination for the electorate to Dunedin public relations consultant Clare Curran in a bitter battle that continues to split the electorate.
“I acknowledge the widely-held view that the candidate selection was not in the best interest of the electorate and that little regard has been given to the very high level of voter support that I have received in five terms as a [city] councillor and three terms as the parliamentary representative of this electorate,” he said.
“In the end, however, I cannot respond to the disloyalty of a few by allowing any personal sense of betrayal to stand in the way of my political philosophy.”
His decision not to stand came after a long and difficult consideration. He urged voters to cast their party vote for the Labour Party.
His loyalty to the party doesn’t stretch to the candidate Clare Curran though because he only mentioned the party vote.
Dene Mackenzie said Benson-Pope gave no hints about what he’d do now but options include public office – either a board appointment or election to the Dunedin City Council.
The grapevine has suggested before that he might take a tilt at the mayoralty.