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Today in politics: Saturday, April 5

Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014

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Infant milk formula 1080 scare: MPs welcome arrest news Defunct health cost-cutting scheme lacked organisation, DHB buy-in - report David Seymour's voluntary euthanasia bill to be lodged in Parliament Stoush erupts over benefit figures - good news, or bad news? Government asks for Labour's support on TPPA Judge orders Trade Minister to review his refusal to release TPPA documents Andrew Little: $2000 a day bill for Paula Rebstock CYF work 'a disgrace' Labour would stick to ban on foreign house buyers despite TPPA - Andrew Little Shutting down multinational tax rorts could mean 'more work for tax advisers' Cropping-related deaths low compared to other farming activities

Left nudges ahead of National 

Labour leader David Cunliffe's week improved yesterday with a new poll showing the Left had nudged ahead of National for the first time since January. The Roy Morgan poll had Labour on 32 per cent and the Greens at 13 per cent, compared with National on 43 per cent.

With neither side having a clear majority, NZ First is emerging as the kingmaker and the poll confirms other results suggesting it is on the rise, posting 5.5 per cent support.

Sorry, Clare chilly response 

Out of the fire and into the ice-cold bath tub. Labour MPs Clare Curran and David Clark will end their recess from Parliament's bear pit with a plunge into an ice bath at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium today. It is part of the Heart Stopper Challenge and in support of kids with heart problems.

Curran and Clark will have to endure the bitter cold for five minutes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Curran's tweeted invites to others to join her were met with a chilly response.

$300,000 help for Solomons

The Government has provided $300,000 to help the flood-ravaged Solomon Islands. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said heavy rain had caused flash flooding in Honiara and reports were coming in of flooding in other parts of the islands.

"The death toll is likely to rise and there appears to be significant damage to homes and infrastructure."

Conservatives name two candidates 

Colin Craig's Conservative Party has named two South Auckland candidates, Edward Saafi and Elliot Ikelei. Saafi, who has previously sought selection for National and the Destiny Party, will stand in Mangere, while Ikelei will stand in Manurewa.

The Conservative Party has been targeting the South Auckland seats and believes it can pick up National and Labour voters disaffected with the major parties over gay marriage and other issues. 

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