The victory of Labour’s newest MP, Michael Wood, in Mt Roskill is the result of a well-organised campaign run with honesty and integrity, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.
“I congratulate Michael Wood on his great victory. He will be a strong voice for Mt Roskill and a passionate campaigner for Labour policies and values.
Michael Wood beat National candidate Parmjeet Parmar with a provisional majority of 6,518, securing 66 percent of the vote in the seat formerly held by Phil Goff.
“Michael campaigned on the issues that matter to the people of Mt Roskill and all of Auckland – safer communities, modern public transport, and affordable housing.
“It’s pretty obvious John Key’s government has let Aucklanders down. New Zealand can’t thrive when Auckland has serious problems. Labour is committed to ensuring our largest city prospers.
“There is a pretty clear choice next year. Labour will offer Kiwis a government that will fund our hospitals and schools, fight rising crime, and fix the housing crisis.
“In Mt Roskill, we showed how we will win next year: with a positive message, with great candidates, with smart strategy, and with united, committed supporters.
“Next year’s election will come down to the wire, and this result shows we’re match fix and we’re up for the fight.
“This victory caps off a year of electoral successes for Labour and points to how we are going to succeed next year.
“We look forward to Michael bringing his energy and skills to caucus, and the role he will play in helping elect a Labour-led government that can build a better future for all New Zealanders,” says Andrew Little.