Despite all signs pointing to her stepping back, Nicky Wagner has decided to again contest the Christchurch Central seat. In the last few months, there have been a few indications of her intentions, ┬áincluding calling it “unwinnable”, and a long, not particularly romantic walk with John Key in which he whispered sweet nothings that made Nicky look sad. This might be good news for Camp Wagner, but it’s ever better news for Camp Labour.

Wagner has been a largely anonymous, ineffective electorate MP. She’s said little in support of some of the more controversial events in the electorate, such as the school closure proposals. The revelations that she owns around $25 million of property with her husband certainly won’t do much to endear her with the people in Richmond, Shirley, Waltham and Linwood who have been doing it tough. This electorate is now Labour’s to lose; let’s just hope they can pick a candidate to ensure they don’t.