Nicolson to take on English as ACT's new candidate

Former Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson has been confirmed as ACT's new candidate for the Clutha Southland electorate.

ACT leader Don Brash said Nicolson is highly respected by farmers, as well as in business and political circles.

Nicolson, a climate change sceptic, said he identified with ACT's "core principles"

"I'm very pleased to be standing for the party," he said.

Nicolson will stand against finance minister Bill English in the Clutha Southland electorate and will also be the party's farming spokesman.

Nicolson said he aimed to swing the party vote to ACT but conceded he wouldn't be able to beat English for the seat at election time.