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Chris Carter gives proxy vote to Greens

Mon 21 Feb 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News

Chris Carter has made a deal with the Green Party that will see them cast his proxy vote when he is not in Parliament. The gay Te Atatu MP, who was expelled from Labour last year, told the NZ Herald he still considered himself a Labour MP "in values and philosophy" and would have preferred to cast his vote with his former party, "but this has proved impossible". He says following his expulsion from Labour, he had notified the party's whips of his wish to keeping cast his vote with them but had receive no response and his vote had been irregularly cast. "I realised that I had to seek some way for constituents to have a voice recorded in Parliament." He approached the Greens early this month and they had agreed to assist.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 21st February 2011 - 12:12pm

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