10 Nov 2011

John Key's electorate rivals mostly seek party vote

8:55 am on 10 November 2011

Most of the rivals of National Party leader John Key in his Helensville electorate say they are not interested in contesting the seat.

A "meet the candidates" event was held at the Whenuapai Primary School Hall on Wednesday.

The Green, ACT and Conservative Party candidates in Helensville told those at the meeting they wanted only party votes.

However, Labour Party candidate Jeremy Greenbrook-Held said he did not think Mr Key should get a free ride and asked those at the meeting to vote out the Prime Minister, and vote him in.

Mr Key said he did not want a free ride either, and said he'd worked very hard for the people of Helensville and wants their vote if they think he deserves it.

In the 2008 election Mr Key won the seat with a majority of 20,547.