I am not standing for DA leader - De Lille

By Drum Digital
16 April 2015

Patricia De Lille will not stand for the position of federal leader of the Democratic Alliance.

In a letter sent to delegates to this coming weekend’s Western Cape DA congress, De Lille ruled out her nomination for the national position when Helen Zille steps down in May.

“As we head towards the Provincial Congress on Saturday, I want to reaffirm my commitment to the Western Cape. Despite media speculation, I will not be standing for the position of Federal Leader after Helen Zille decided to step down. I am completely focused on becoming the kind of provincial leader the DA needs for success in the 2016 local government elections and beyond,” she said in her letter.

De Lille said she had campaigned on the issues that matter most.

“What can we do to grow our support base in the province, what can we do to meet the needs of our existing supporters; and how can we improve the lives of everyone who lives in the Western Cape. I have not made anyone a promise of a position. I think we should be fair and open in our party structures and that everyone should get a fair chance to succeed.

“What I can promise is that I am a proven vote-winner who stands the best chance of increasing our share of the vote in the coming elections. That means more DA councillors, more DA governed municipalities, and a bigger, better DA across the province. I want to work with all DA members to make the blue machine unstoppable.”

Comment from De Lille was not immediately available. Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 24.

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/I-am-not-standing-for-DA-leader-De-Lille-20150416

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