English to give up Clutha-Southland seat

Bill English
Bill English
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

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