Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English
is to give up his Clutha-Southland seat at the next election
and stand as a list candidate.
"This afternoon I met with my electorate committee in Gore to
inform them of my decision,'' he said in a statement.
"Representing one of New Zealand's largest electorates has
required considerable travel and time away from my family,
particularly since becoming a minister. I have therefore
decided that it is a good time to strike a better balance
between my family and government commitments.''
Mr English won the seat when it was called Wallace in 1990
and has held it since.
"I will continue to take a strong interest in issues
affecting Southland and Otago and I'm confident the National
Party will provide strong representation for the area into
the future,'' Mr English said.
- By Adam
Bennett of the NZ Herald