Destiny leader plans new political party

Destiny Church leader Richard Lewis has announced plans for a new political party that he says will target South Auckland electorates in the 2008 general election.

Mr Lewis told the NBR that the new party, called the 'Family Party', will not be launched by the Destiny Church, but rather by himself and United Future MP Paul Adams.

Mr Lewis and Mr Adams will act as co-leaders.

Destiny Church deregistered its previous political party, Destiny New Zealand, to make way for a new broad-based Christian party involving independent MP Gordon Copeland.

However the plans fell apart after Mr Copeland pulled the plug on a co-leadership arrangement with Destiny New Zealand's Richard Lewis just two days after saying he could live with it.

Mr Lewis says the Family Party will spearhead a new broad-based Christian party with the primary goal of winning the South Auckland electorates of Mangere and Manukau in the 2008 General Election.

He will contest the Manukau electorate while Jerry Filipaina, Mangere resident of 46 years, will contest the Mangere electorate.  Mangere is currently held by former Labour MP, Taito Phillip Field, who is expected to face charges of bribery and corruption.

Mr Lewis says he is convinced that Mangere is the battleground for the next election and the new party will take Labour 'head on' in the Mangere and Manukau seats.

Additions and changes to this article have been made by NBR Staff.

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