John Stringer considers bid for Rangitata seat

John Stringer has confirmed he is considering standing for the Rangitata electorate.
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John Stringer has confirmed he is considering standing for the Rangitata electorate.

Controversial former Conservative Party board member John Stringer is considering throwing his hat in the ring to vie for the Rangitata seat in the general election.

Confirming the details on Thursday, Stringer said he was open to standing in the electorate for New Zealand First.

Stringer attended a speech by NZ First leader Winston Peters at the South Canterbury RSA on Saturday, and stayed to speak to party members afterwards.

"I've known Winston since the '80s, and they do need a candidate," he said on Thursday.

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"I'm certainly supportive of doing that, I'm supportive of the party."

The Christchurch-based businessman has had a chequered political career, having clashed with former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.

The pair later wound up in court, with Craig suing Stringer over allegedly defamatory comments made by Stringer on television and in his blog.

In turn, Stringer sued Craig in an Auckland court action over a pamphlet Craig distributed.

Stringer resigned from the Conservative Party board in 2015.

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He also unsuccessfully sought election to the Christchurch City Council last year, running in the Papanui ward.

He received 2364 votes, nearly 1000 behind his opponent Mike Davidson, who was elected with 3316 votes.

New Zealand First party president Brent Catchpole said a selection process for the electorate would take place within the next few weeks.

 - Stuff

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