May 11, 2020
Court case road to oblivion for Wall
A former Labour Party member says it would be political suicide for Manurewa MP Louisa Wall to challenge the party in court over her reselection.
Media reports have emerged that Ms Wall is considering taking the action over the late acceptance of a nomination from lawyer Arena Williams, who contested Hunua for the party in 2014.
Another lawyer with longstanding links to the electorate, Ian Dunwoodie, is also keen to become the candidate.
Shane Phillips, who along with Mr Dunwoodie lost the selection to Ms Wall in 2011, says all the courts can’t pick the candidate.
“What will happen is the process will simply have to start again. On that basis the chances of her retaining the nomination and being the member of parliament for Manurewa on September 20 are very much limited as a result of possible legal action,” he says.
Shane Phillips says while Louisa Wall has some supporters in the Māori caucus and the wider Labour caucus, that would evaporate if she dragged the party through the courts.
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