Isaac Davison is a NZ Herald political reporter.

Conservatives coy on Epsom

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig. Photo / Natalie Slade
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig. Photo / Natalie Slade

The Conservative Party has refused to say whether it will compete for Act leader John Banks' Epsom seat.

After its first annual conference at the weekend, the party said it was focused on reaching the 5 per cent party vote threshold.

Leader Colin Craig believes the party has already won votes from disillusioned Act supporters and that its fiscal and moral conservatism will appeal to the Epsom electorate.

"I think Epsom is quite a morally conservative electorate," he said yesterday. "If you look at the ethnic breakdown of Epsom, particularly the Asian community ... they are very strong on family, they are very strong on business, and on law and order. They are a good fit for Conservative."

A One News-Colmar Brunton poll released yesterday showed 2 per cent of voters supported Conservative and 1 per cent backed Act.

- NZ Herald

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