Newstalk ZB is reporting that Russell Fairbrother has beaten off the challenge from Aucklander Stuart Nash for the Labour nomination for Napier. Here's the link:
Now, as I remember it (and the memory does play tricks sometimes), there was a bit of a ruckus recently when it was revealed that none other than Labour deputy Michael (Scrooge) Cullen signed Nash's nomination papers. However the local LEC has given the Labour's Head Office the upraised middle finger, and good on them! I know many people who have been, or are involved with the Labour Party on a local level. They, and not Clark, Cullen et al, are the heart of the Labour Party. And many of them will privately tell you how much they dislike the direction of the current administration. Several I know have told me that they will not vote for Labour next year - a first for each of them. The EFB debate, and the arrogance on the government in ramming it through despite overwhelming opposition is the last straw. At least there is honesty in the Labour Party at a local level.