Rodney MP dismisses deal with Conservatives

HAMISH RUTHERFORD
Last updated 15:39 11/06/2014

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Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is dismissing talk of a deal with the Conservatives in his electorate, suggesting Colin Craig is "dreaming".

Colin Craig, who was defeated by the National Party's Mitchell in 2011 in Rodney by 12,222 votes, this week said he expected to be offered a deal handing him the Rodney, Upper Harbour or East Coast Bays seat in the September election.

Based on current polls, if Craig wins an electorate seat, he would take two MPs with him into Parliament, helping National gain a majority.

Mitchell today dismissed the deal, quoting cult Australian film The Castle in a post on Twitter.

"Colin Craig getting a deal in Rodney - in the famous words of Darryl Kerrigan from the movie The Castle: "Tell him he's dreamin'," Mitchell tweeted.

Mitchell said he had assured constituents he would campaign strongly for both the party and electorate vote.

"The prime minister deals with this stuff but as far as I'm concerned there's no deal in Rodney," he said.

"I'm moving ahead and I'm campaigning on the party vote and the electorate vote."

Mitchell said no one in the National party had mentioned the issue of a deal with the Conservatives to him.

"It hasn't even been raised with me other than speculation in the media.

His campaign team was "ramping it up from the last election" and would put up 100 hoardings across the electorate, up from about 80 in 2011.

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