National yesterday selected Todd Barclay as its
Clutha-Southland candidate to contest this year's general
Mr Barclay (24) has been selected to replace Deputy Prime
Minister Bill English, who has announced he will retire as an
electorate MP at the September election and become a
Regional chairwoman Ele Ludemann said Mr Barclay had ''big
shoes to fill'' after Mr English's 24-year tenure.
''I know Todd will work hard to earn the trust of
Clutha-Southland communities,'' Mrs Ludemann said.
Mr Barclay was raised in Dipton and Gore, attending Gore High
School before gaining a bachelor of commerce degree in
commercial law at Victoria University, in Wellington.
He previously worked for Mr English, cabinet ministers Hekia
Parata and Gerry Brownlee and for the Philip Morris tobacco