Election 2014

9 Nov 2008

Backbencher debate aired without Labour candidate

12:14 am on 9 November 2008

A televised debate involving the four main candidates in the Wellington Central electorate on election night was marred by the last-minute refusal of the Labour candidate to turn up.

The TVNZ7 debate screened live on the freeview channel's Backbenchers show.

However, Labour's Grant Robertson did not show up as planned, telling the organisers he did not want to be at an event so close to the electorate headquarters of his National Party opposition.

National's candidate Stephen Franks hosted his election night event in the Backbencher bar, from where the programme is broadcast.