The Green Party has suffered another pre-election blow with its Hutt South candidate withdrawing from the electoral race.
After Kennedy Graham and David Clendon withdrew from the party’s caucus yesterday following the fallout from co-leader Metiria Turei’s benefit fraud admission, lawyer Susanne Ruthven confirmed she would not be running for election.
She has been offered a job at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and the public service role ruled her out of contention. She has also withdrawn from the party list, where she was ranked 25th.
Green Party co-convenor John Ranta said the party wished Ms Ruthven well.
It has yet to decide whether to stand anyone else in Hutt South, where Labour’s Trevor Mallard is the sitting MP, narrowly fending off National’s Chris Bishop in 2014.
Mr Mallard is not contesting the electorate in next month’s election and Labour’s new candidate is Ginny Andersen.
National safely won the party vote from Labour in Hutt South with the Greens a distant third. NZN