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National Begins Dirty Tricks Campaign In Mt Albert

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National's dirty tricks have started even before Labour has selected a candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Annette King said today.

National and John Key's dishonest attempt to discredit one of eight potential Labour candidates shows the Government's eyes are off the ball when they should be focusing on peoples jobs and the upcoming budget.

"National has trawled through research papers written by David Shearer dating back to 1998. The papers looked at the use of private security in war torn nations where innocent civilians, mostly women and children, were dying and there were no better alternatives.

"They've fed this information to their right wing blogging friends.

"Instead of this, John Key should be getting his staff to tackle real problems like job losses and the struggling economy.

"Why are they trying to dig dirt on one of the nominees, I predict that by the weekend they would have gone through the whole eight. Unlike National, we don't yet know who our candidate will be. We are having a competitive selection process which will not be completed until this weekend.

"I hope it's not a sign of the tactics National plans to adopt for the campaign. Labour is committed to fight a strong, clean and fair by-election.

"John Key should stop spending his time on negative politicking and concentrate his efforts on how the budget can address the real problems facing New Zealand," Annette King said.

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