Adam Bennett

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Maurice Williamson considers bid for Auckland mayoralty

National Party MP Maurice Williamson during the final reading of the Marriage Amendment Bill, which gave the MP international attention. Photo / Mark Mitchell
National Party MP Maurice Williamson during the final reading of the Marriage Amendment Bill, which gave the MP international attention. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson, who recently won international acclaim for his speech on the gay marriage bill, is considering running for Mayor of Auckland against Len Brown this year.

National's MP for Pakuranga, Mr Williamson has been the subject of ongoing speculation he may run against Mr Brown but initially yesterday when asked whether he would rule it out, said he had no comment.

However, he later confirmed to the Herald he was "getting a lot of approaches from a lot of people wanting me to stand for the Mayoralty".

"At this point I'm doing nothing other than just giving it some consideration. I have made no decisions whatsoever."

Should he decide to run, Mr Williamson may be the only candidate from the political right as no other contender from that part of the spectrum has yet come forward.

Mr Brown won the first super city mayoral election against former Auckland City Mayor John Banks in 2010 but has yet to formally announce he will stand at this year's local body elections.

Mr Williamson, 62, has been MP for Pakuranga for almost 26 years.

- NZ Herald

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