A reponse from the executive assistant to Richard Worth, my local MP, in response to my query about the mysterious phone call I received from the person who was trying to convince me that National wanted me to vote for the ACT candidate in Epsom:
MESSAGE FROM RICHARD WORTH
MP for Epsom and Shadow Minister for Justice & Attorney General
The short answer is don’t split your vote. The reasons are:
* In Epsom the ACT candidate was polling 14.8% of the candidate vote on 17 July. That has now dropped. Voting for the ACT candidate simply divides the centre-right vote.
* ACT is polling well below the 5% threshold to secure a place in Parliament. If ACT fails to get 5% of the party vote the votes are redistributed in the proportion of the parties which are successful. So some of the redistributed votes go to Labour.
* Voters are asked to TICK NATIONAL TWICE to change the Government.
The ACT candidate is running an argument that National needs him to win Epsom. That is wrong and is part of a campaign of mischief.
Thank you very much for bringing this phone call to my notice – Richard
Dr Richard Worth MP for Epsom
Ok, I have a headache.