From Labour to National, is Nick Leggett jumping ship?

Nick Leggett (File)
Nick Leggett (File)

Rumours are circulating that former Porirua mayor and ex-Labour stalwart Nick Leggett could be standing in the Mana electorate at next year's election for the National Party.

Mr Leggett's previously been flagged as a future Labour Party leader but he could be about to jump ship, and stand for National in Wellington's Mana electorate.

It's up for grabs following Hekia Parata's decision to leave politics however Mr Leggett says nothing is official - yet.

"I would never say never but I say that in the widest possible sense," he said.

"I won't rule out standing for any, I think that would be silly to."

He says his focus in the short term is building up his consultancy company.

In the recent local elections, Mr Leggett ran for mayor of Wellington but lost out to Justin Lester.