Boscawen seeks Epsom selection

Act President John Boscawen is seeking the Act selection for Epsom and his party’s leadership.

In a media release he says:

I am today announcing my intention to seek the Epsom nomination and leadership of the ACT Party in the 2014 general election.

  • I have been a member of ACT for over 17 years. I first stood for ACT in Epsom in 1996 and been involved in each of the five general election campaigns since. In 1996, I stood on a platform of maximising the party vote and our team achieved over 22% of the party votes cast in Epsom – a record not broken since.
     
  • In the years since 1996 I have held a number of party positions including over eight years’ service on the ACT board and as Campaign Manager, Treasurer and fundraiser.
     
  • In 2008, I stood in the North Shore electorate to maximise party votes and was elected to Parliament at No. 4 on ACT’s party list.
     
  • In August 2010, I was elected Deputy Leader and appointed Minister of Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister of Commerce.
     
  • At the 2011 general election I decided not to seek re-election on the party list although I did stand in Tamaki in an effort to maximise the party vote.
     
  • Following the 2011 election I continued in my role as Deputy Leader until my election, unopposed, in February 2013 as ACT President.
     

The ACT Board has announced it intends to make a decision on the ACT leadership over the weekend of 1-2 February 2014. Until a decision has been made, I will immediately stand aside from the position of President in the interim and leave the Board to be chaired by Vice President Barbara Astill.

We must rebuild our previous support and parliamentary representation and I believe that I am the best person to lead the party into the 2014 election. Just as importantly it is critical for New Zealand’s future that we do. We are the only party with a core philosophy of individual responsibility, prosperity and freedom. We have constantly pushed for social welfare and education reforms and for less government waste and lower taxes. We must get the incentives right if we are to encourage and reward hard work, savings and investment and that is why I have decided to offer myself for the position of candidate for Epsom and leader of the ACT Party.

Boscawen was an MP and replaced Heather Roy as Minister of Consumer Affairs.

He would bring experience to the role, he wouldn’t be regarded as the fresh blood the party needs.

It’s up to members to decide if he could resurrect it.

4 Responses to Boscawen seeks Epsom selection

  1. Andrei says:

    He’s a good fellow. Whether or not he can resurrect the ACT brand. well that remains to be seen but if anybody is going to it could well be him

  2. robertguyton says:

    Not a snowball’s lamington’s chance.

  3. pdm says:

    I agree with Andre. Hopefully people like Rodney Hide will get in behind him and ACT just might retain my Party Vote.

  4. Dave Kennedy says:

    I think that John has far more integrity than the previous two Act leaders, but he lacks the charisma. Perhaps they need to recruit more Campus Act members into leadership roles. The younger Act members have often outshone their older colleagues with their energy and enthusiasm.

    For the last two elections Act has been led by ex National members and the Party has become a useful lap dog, to the extent of using it to front some of their more unpopular policies like Charter Schools (interesting to note that Lesley Longstone, a UK Charter Schools expert, was employed to lead the Ministry before the Act/Nat coalition agreement).

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