'School of Practical Politics' for ACT candidates

  • 27/02/2016

Prospective ACT candidates will be going back to school as part of the minor party's bid to upskill would-be MPs.

The free-market political party launched its "School of Practical Politics" at its annual conference at Orakei Basin today as it tries to re-win voter confidence.

Party president John Thompson says the ACT party will invest in a training module to get potential candidates up to scratch in the political nous to contest the 2017 election.

"Our investment in people I am sure will give the voters in 2017 the confidence that a vote for ACT will not be wasted," he said in his speech to open the conference.

"We have many more talented individuals that can provide a solid ACT platform of brilliance in the 2017 elected parliament."

The "school" makes up one part of the ACT Party's five-pronged strategy, which also includes employing a full-time party manager, increasing fundraising efforts and upping research into wider voter intentions.

"We need this year to do plenty of quality research to ensure that we know our prospective audience and then tailor the message for maximum exposure to that audience.

"This also requires a fundraising push."

The party hopes to raise at least another $100,000 in contributions.

Mr Thompson said the party had made great strides in winning back people "who have strayed away from us" and encouraged attendants not to be disheartened by its lack of movement in the polls.