Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

National Party Leader Bill English resigns

Bill English quits after a 27-year parliamentary career MONIQUE FORD STUFF Bill English quits after a 27-year parliamentary career
Patty Aguilar | 15 February, 2018, 22:09

English, 56, said he will resign as leader of the main opposition party on February 27 and leave parliament early next month.

Ms Ardern paid tribute to him.

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She would not answer questions if she was planning to run for leader.

"We wish Mr English all the best for his career after politics".

"My view about what you do in politics is that you need to be satisfied yourself about what you do".

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National, which narrowly lost last year's election to Labour's Jacinda Ardern, will select a new leader in the coming weeks to take it into the next election.

Bill English has quit as New Zealand's National Party leader and will leave parliament at the end of the month.

Mr English made the announcement just before midday today, after holding a press conference in the Parliament Buildings in Wellington.

"He's left on his own terms, which is the only way this was ever going to be, because of the huge respect all in our caucus, and the wider National Party, have for him".

English made world headlines past year when he posted pictures on Facebook of a dinner he made for his family - pizza topped with tinned spaghetti and pineapple.

Mr English served eight years as finance minister before taking the top job.

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