NZ: UN official Labour favourite for by-election

Excerpt from the NZHerald.

1:14PM Wednesday Apr 22, 2009
By Patrick Gower

David Shearer and Helen Clark in 2002 when he unsuccessfully contested the Whangarei seat for Labour. Photo / Northern Advocate

David Shearer and Helen Clark in 2002 when he unsuccessfully contested the Whangarei seat for Labour. Photo / Northern Advocate

A top-ranking United Nations official in Iraq is returning home to New Zealand to try and win the Labour nomination for the Mt Albert by-election.

The Herald has learned David Shearer, currently the deputy special representative of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in Iraq, heads a list of up to a dozen possible candidates.

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