Jacinda Ardern Labour's sole nominee for Mt Albert by-election

Jacinda Ardern will stand for Labour in February's by-election.
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Jacinda Ardern will stand for Labour in February's by-election.

List MP Jacinda Ardern will be Labour's candidate in the Mt Albert by-election after her name was the only one put forward for nomination.

Labour's General Secretary Andrew Kirton said on Thursday Ardern, who has previously contested the Auckland Central electorate, would be confirmed as the Mt Albert candidate by local Labour Party members at a meeting on January 22. 

Kirton said Labour was looking forward to talking to locals about the National Party's "dismal record" on housing, health and transport.

"Labour will be taking nothing for granted, and intends to earn a new mandate in Mt Albert by talking to the local community and focussing on how a Labour-led government can build a better New Zealand," he said. 

The by-election, to be held on February 25, follows the resignation of sitting Labour MP David Shearer, who has left Parliament to take up a UN job in South Sudan.

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