Party message spreading
Marlborough was a region "resonating" with the Conservative Party's message, party leader Colin Craig said yesterday.
The party had more than 50 "very enthusiastic" members in Marlborough, and about 4000 throughout the country, Mr Craig said yesterday.
He hoped to have 6000 by the 2014 election and planned to have a candidate in every electorate, including the Kaikoura seat that includes Marlborough. People had already put their hands up for that, but the party's selection process hadn't started yet.
In Blenheim for a public meeting last night, Mr Craig said it was a privilege to be able to visit members and supporters throughout the country.
"To see people in the places they are, how they're affected by issues - it gives a real connection. You're no longer talking about theory, it's practical, it affects people. It gives me real motivation and understanding."
His message last night focused on the lack of accountability in political decision-making, and the waste in government spending, he said.
"We're spending more than ever before, but it's not getting the results it should."
The Conservative Party was only about seven weeks old at the last election, and it went from zero to 2.7 per cent support in that time.
The party was the fifth-highest in opinion polls and its goal was to be the fourth-highest in the next election, gaining more than 5 per cent of the vote. Mr Craig said they wanted to "get into Parliament well", not with just over 5 per cent.
There would be no arrangements with other parties or politicians before then, despite rumours about links with John Banks, he said.
"It's not about making arrangements. I think that's slightly cynical in my view to make those arrangements. I would rather people made their votes first, and then politicians sort out how to run the country.
"If politicians start playing the system, it looks cynical, it is cynical. I think voters have had too much of that."
- The Marlborough Express