Queenstown MP to join National Party list

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Queenstown’s Member of Parliament Bill English has announced he’ll stand as a list MP at the next election.

English, who’s also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, has represented Clutha-Southland, formerly known as Wallace, since 1990.

“Representing one of New Zealand’s largest electorates has required considerable travel and time away from family, particularly since becoming a minister.

“I have therefore decided that it is a good time to stroke a better balance between my family and Government commitments.”

The Wakatipu was formerly part of the Otago electorate but was annexed to Clutha-Southland at the 2008 election.

English says he’s thankful to his electorate team and office staff in Queenstown, Gore and Balclutha for their hard work and support over the years.

“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.”

The next general election is due late next year.