Doocey is caretaker MP for Rangitata

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The National Party has appointed MP for Waimakariri Matt Doocey as caretaker MP for the Rangitata electorate, which includes Mid Canterbury.
Mr Doocey, also National’s junior whip, will look after any constituent queries and issues for the next three months.
The Ashburton office remains open to Rangitata constituents.
‘‘Constituents who have issues are encouraged to contact the office and they will organise appropriate assistance,’’ said a party spokesperson.
Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon quit this week after allegations he sent pornographic material to young women.
“Matt Doocey is an excellent MP and is well capable of filling the gap for Rangitata constituents at this time,’’ the party spokesperson said.
Applications for the Rangitata seat opened yesterday and close at midday next Wednesday July 29.
“We then move to pre-selection where candidates are put forward for final selection. Then we go through the usual process of meeting candidates. These are closed door meetings with no media, prior to a final selection in mid-August.
“We don’t go into detail around nominees to ensure a fair and democratic process.”