The Act party has a new leader and a new candidate for Epsom:
Writer and philosopher Jamie Whyte is Act’s new leader and David Seymour will be the party’s candidate in Epsom at the election later this year.
The decision was made by the Act board today and is due to be officially announced at 3 pm.
Dr Whyte is expected to take over in about a month at the party’s AGM.
Dr Whyte, aged 48, has recently returned to live in New Zealand from abroad and has only recently become active in the party.
Mr Seymour, aged 30, first stood for Act in 2005 in Mt Albert against former Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Last election he stood in Auckland Central.
He has been working for a think-tank in Canada and may well have returned permanently had he not been made candidate for Epsom. . .
This gives the party two new and younger faces.
It also provides an opportunity to re-brand itself.
If the party can win Epsom it would help National but if it manages to look more credible than it has it could also take party votes from National’s right flank.
However, this is not a good start:
As Labour has shown only too well for the last few years, a party needs discipline, unity and good management.
Leaking an announcement like this displays none of that.