Ex-New Zealand PM English to leave parliament

Bill English at home in Dipton. BARRY HARCOURT  STUFF

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

The Jacinda-effect claims another victim with Mr English deciding he's not the man to lead National forward. "It's important that National's new leader has the time and the best possible opportunity to achieve that".

Mr. English, also a former finance minister, led National to an election in September past year that eventually ended the party's almost decadelong incumbency.

"Bill English has made a significant contribution to New Zealand, and he has certainly left his mark on New Zealand's political landscape for generations to come", says Todd. He also wishes to spend more time with his wife Mary and their children. "I am sure the National Party will continue to strengthen", he tweeted.

Speculation had been mounting in recent weeks that English would have to go as National seeks to rejuvenate and develop allies - a key requirement under New Zealand's German-style proportional system.

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

A major source of concern was the performance and personality of deputy leader Paula Bennett and Mr English's antagonistic relationship with Winston Peters, whom he'd pushed to the brink, making it all-but impossible to form a Coalition government.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Project Fi expands global coverage to 170 markets
Whether you're at home in the USA or traveling through Morocco, you get unlimited texting, and every GB of data is $10. If you're a Fi customer, you don't need to do anything to your account to enable global support - it's just there.

Ice Hockey: Do you believe in Miracles? Korea score a goal
You could nearly feel the ripple of excitement as Kim Yo-jong walked into the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.

Apple shares new HomePod tutorials on YouTube
Not only would it work as a Siri-powered voice control assistant, but the new HomePod would also serve as a hub for smart devices. What all this comes down to is a case of a great piece of hardware, hampered by some seriously restrictive software.

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) Given Media Impact Rating of 0.02
Its up 0.32, from 1.1 in 2017Q2. 559.57 million shares or 2.90% more from 543.78 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. When we look at the Volatility of the company, Week Volatility is at 7.18% whereas Month Volatility is at 4.44%.

Japan GDP Expands 0.1% On Quarter In Q4
Corporate capital spending, another key pillar of domestic demand, increased 0.2 percent. Consumer spending climbed 0.5 percent, marking the first increase in 2 quarters.

Other news