United Future stuggling for membership
United Future is in trouble. The party is bleeding members and it currently has fewer than 500 members. The party has an extension until August to do its return to the Electoral Commission and is on a frantic recruitment drive for members so as to stay registered.
If the party doesnt get the required members by August it`ll be deregistered. It will still have to do a return, but be an unregistered party. If UF don't get 500 members before the next election, the party will be the first party in Parliament unable to contest list seats due to lack of members.
And Judy Turner will be wise to transfer to Copeland's party on his list for 2008 as she`ll have no chance of being a United Future MP. Peter Dunne could have avoided all this by voting against the smacking bill. If United Future members were aware that Dunne's allegiance is more towards the Government rather than the party he leads, more would leave.