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Hide faces challenge from within party

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Rodney Hide - Source: NZPA


There are fresh problems for Act leader Rodney Hide, with reports a member of his own party plans to contest his nomination for the seat of Epsom.

Newstalk ZB reported Peter Tashkoff, who is number seven on Act's party list, would contest the nomination after Hide's handling of the dumping of Act deputy, Heather Roy, last week.

Tashkoff said he had no faith in Hide, and was disgusted with how he had handled the Roy saga.

He said Hide was a failure as a leader and a liability to the party.

The revelation comes after Hide signalled earlier today that Roy would find it extremely difficult to stay on as an MP, despite saying last week that she would be welcomed back into the caucus.

Roy was voted out of her deputy leadership role last week and replaced by John Boscawen. She also resigned from her roles as Associate Defence Minister and Consumer Affairs Minister.

Hide also said today he had already been talking to Roy's potential replacement - Dunedin businesswoman Hilary Calvert, who had travelled to Wellington and will meet with party bosses.

"I have spoken with the Act Party to the extent of them having an understanding that if there was an opporunity there I would step up," Calvert told ONE News.




Tuesday August 24, 2010

Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB

Read more: TVNZ


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