Soon to be no longer the Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross plans to launch his own political party.
Former National MP, turned independent, Jami-Lee Ross is starting his own political party ahead of this year’s election and is calling it Advance New Zealand.
In one of his semi-regular newsletters, Ross last night asked his supporters if they would join with him in starting a “new political movement”.
“I want to see a democratic country that has brave voices in the middle that speak truth to power,” he said. . .
“No new party has made it to Parliament without a current or former MP leading it.”
His last point is correct but while it worked for Tariana Turia, Jim Anderton, Peter Dunne and Winston Peters, there are several other disaffected MPs who tried it and failed.
All the ones who succeeded won a seat to do it and he is very, very unlikely to hold his electorate in the election.
It takes a lot more than a sitting MP to form a credible party. A quick look at previous election results show every three years there are parties that managed to get the 500 members required to register and stand, gained an insignificant number of votes then disappeared.
This is a desperate attempt to cling to his parliamentary career and we don’t need another save-my-job party.