January 28, 2019
Hobson’s Pledge leads Costello to New Conservatism
Hobson’s Pledge co-spokesperson Casey Costello has thrown her lot in with the New Conservative Party, which believes her involvement will boost its chances at the next election.
The party is an attempt to rebrand the Conservative Party, after a series of controversies around the behaviour of its former leader Colin Craig.
The party’s policies include the abolition of Māori seats, opposition to same sex marriage, repeal of the anti-smacking law and the use of binding referenda.
Ms Casey, a former police officer, has Ngāpuhi connections.
She says as with her work with Don Brash for Hobson’s Pledge, she stood for democracy and equality of rights before the law on the basis that separatism can never be a solution in a progressive nation.
The other new board member for the New Conservatives is former New Zealand Rugby and Welsh Rugby chief executive David Moffett.
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