Gilmore confirms return

December 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Lois Cairns at The Press writes:

Former National MP will head back to Parliament in the new year.

Gilmore’s ranking on the National Party’s list means he has been called up to fill the spot left by the departure of long-serving National MP and Speaker of the House Lockwood Smith, who will take up his new role as high commissioner to Britain early next year.

Gilmore scraped into Parliament as a list MP in 2008 but lost his seat in the 2011 general election when special votes gave the Greens an extra seat at National’s expense. …

Gilmore said he hoped as an MP to be Christchurch-based because he wanted to help influence the city’s rebuild.

It will be good to have another Christchurch MP for National.

It has been reported that Paul Quinn, the next on the list after Gilmore, does not plan to return so if Groser does gain the WTO job, then Paul Foster-Bell would become an MP.

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10 Responses to “Gilmore confirms return”

  1. Manolo (12,640 comments) says:

    A high-profile MP well suited for Labour lite. This man will go places.

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  2. dave (985 comments) says:

    If Groser gains the WTO job, Its probably fair to say that Foster-Bell would be somewhat more effective than Paul Quinn would be.

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  3. Neil (528 comments) says:

    This is marvellous news that Quinn will not seek to return to parliament.
    The endless yells,interruptions,facial gyrations and idiocies from that man made him a very poor performer berween 2008-2011.
    I can remember DPF really recommending Quinn before the last election. What did you think of his performance DPF ?
    He couldn’t debate his way out of a paper bag !!

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  4. Manolo (12,640 comments) says:

    Quinn utter hopelessness was (and is) beyond belief. How did this man make it to National’s list?

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  5. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    ….or Tau Henare?

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  6. Inky_the_Red (719 comments) says:

    http://www.facebook.com/AG4PM

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  7. Viking2 (10,737 comments) says:

    Luv his Facebook. Right in someones face.

    it appears that I have not been re-elected to parliament thanks to John Key’s legitimate paranoia regarding my unrelenting leadership bid. Email Lockwood Smith to tell him to go to London now. Parliament needs Aaron.

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  8. Chris2 (708 comments) says:

    Didn’t Gilmore fake his CV?

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  9. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    This was Gilmore’s explanation re his CV –
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10679904

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  10. mikenmild (8,894 comments) says:

    What a talent Gilmore is then. And no Paul Quinn, eh? That’d be a shame – he could reopen his office out in Lower Hutt and find new people to quarrel with.

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