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16 Nov 2011

Epsom candidate says party sign incident a set-up

7:17 pm on 16 November 2011

National Party Epsom candidate Paul Goldsmith says he's been the subject of a dirty tricks campaign.

Mr Goldsmith was campaigning on Shore Road in Remuera on Wednesday when he says he discovered five purported National signs, featuring his photo, that did not carry party authorisation as required by electoral law.

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He said photographs of him removing the signs and putting them in his car were put up a short time later on a left-wing blog.

"Clearly someone was lying in wait with a camera, and I'm not interested in those sorts of silly games.

"It's quite a serious matter to stick up signs in an unauthorised manner, and it's dirty tricks."

Mr Goldsmith said the signs were versions of his business card enlarged to A3 size.

He said he was looking out for any more signs and may yet complain to the Electoral Commission.

Mr Goldsmith has been leading in polls of the electorate but National's leader John Key has effectively endorsed ACT Party Epsom candidate John Banks by holding a meeting with him last week at an Auckland cafe.