Labour looks to set up shop

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The Labour Party’s looking to muscle in on National’s territory and set up a local branch.

A meeting’s being held tonight to see if there’s enough interest in setting up shop.

Party member and meeting organiser Gordon Dickson says it’s a chance for people to discuss issues, such as “the polluted Lake Hayes”, and have their voices heard.

“We’d like some discourse with the National Party locals,” he says. “It’s a start. When you don’t have debate, you don’t have a vibrant political system.”

It’s also timely, with the Labour Party conference being held in Dunedin this weekend.

The party had a poor showing in the traditionally blue Clutha-Southland electorate at the last election. Labour candidate Cherie Chapman received 7465 votes, compared to 21,819 for National’s Hamish Walker, now MP.

The meeting’s at the St John building, Douglas Street, Frankton, at 7.30pm.