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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 12. 5 August 1970

New Recruit For Party Of Mr Emeny

New Recruit For Party Of Mr Emeny

Mr P. J. Wedderspoon (24), a Dunedin history student who stood as a Democratic Labour candidate for three seats in last year's General Election, has joined the Liberal Reform Party, formerly the Country Party.

Photo of Cliff Emeny and Mr P. J. Wedderspoon

The leader of the Liberal Reform Party, Mr Cliff Emeny (left) with the party's newest member, Mr P. J. Wedderspoon, Dunedin.

In New Plymouth yesterday, Mr Wedderspoon said he had decided to join the Liberal Reformists after reaching "considerable agreement on principles and policies of action" with the party's leader. Mr C. Emeny, Strat ford.

He said he would undertake the organisation of the Liber al Reform Party in the Otago area and would be available for parliamentary candidacy when required in an Otago electorate.


"Having fought a number of elections as an independent who started out in public life by being expelled from the Labour Party due to my support for troops in Vietnam, and having come up from 61 votes in a by-election at the age of 21 to 1561 votes for the Dunedin mayoralty and 6651 for the Dunedin city council. I believe it to be in the best interests of my supporters that I associate myself with a party consistent with my moderate right of centre out look," Mr Wedderspoon said.

"The Liberal Reform Party provides this accommodation for urban to well as "rural interests, whereby the South Island, and especially Otago, can work for the just returns of development which this negligent, indifferent National Government, based on the Wellington bureaucracy, can not and will not give."

Mr Wedderspoon said the Liberal Reform Party's objective in both North and South Islands would be to or ganise as much opposition and embarrassment to "this weak, leaderless National Government" consistent with the Party's "constructive and responsible policies."