Epsom could get a 'cup of tea' with Key

Last updated 17:19 13/08/2014

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A cup of tea-style appearance in Epsom isn't off the cards yet, but this one won't involve Earl Grey, Prime Minister John Key says.

The cup of tea refers to the infamous meeting between Key and ACT candidate John Banks at an Auckland cafe before the 2011 election.

Key told Epsom voters he would "not be unhappy" if they voted tactically and backed Banks.

The same deal is in place for this election - Key has endorsed ACT candidate David Seymour for the seat.

Responding to a poll which showed National was leading in Epsom, Key said he would not rule out a symbolic gesture showing National supported voters giving their electorate vote to ACT and their party vote to National.

He had never seen a poll that had ACT winning the Epsom electorate, but the party had won it in the last three elections, he said.

As the election date got closer, voters would be more attentive to the message National was trying to get across, he said.

The process would be left to run, and the need for a joint media appearance with Seymour would be assessed over time.

"The truth is that we haven't formally launched our campaign yet, there's a lot of New Zealanders that will be starting to warm up to the election process and there'll still be quite a big group of New Zealanders who are undecided about who they will vote for," Key said.

Seymour was working hard in the electorate and getting better known, he added.

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