6 Oct 2020

New Conservative Party to appear in court over exclusion from multi-party debate

4:48 pm on 6 October 2020

The New Conservative Party will appear in the High Court in Auckland tomorrow to challenge TVNZ's decision to exclude it from its multi-party debate.

New Conservatives leader Leighton Baker.

New Conservative Party leader Leighton Baker said the exclusion was unfair. Photo: RNZ

Yesterday, party leader Leighton Baker said his exclusion was unfair and incompatible with maintaining a healthy democracy.

To be included in the debate, parties not in Parliament must score at least 3 percent in a 1 News Colmar-Brunton Poll in the last six months.

But in the latest poll, the New Conservatives were at 1 percent.

Parties not in Parliament can also participate if they have been represented, or their leader has been an MP, in one or both of the last two Parliaments.

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