English goes list only, Heatley retires

November 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

is to step down as the Clutha-Southland MP next year after 24 years representing the electorate, but has no plans to retire from politics.

The deputy prime minister and finance minister, Mr English will remain in politics, and instead seek nomination for the Party list at the 2014 election.

Mr English, who lives in Wellington, said representing the large Clutha-Southland electorate had required considerable travel and time away from his family, particularly after he became a minister.

With four of his six children having left home, he wanted to strike a better balance between family life and political commitments.

I note Michael Cullen went list only in 1999. Being Minister of Finance means an insanely busy workload, and balancing ministerial duties, electorate duties and family life would not be easy.

announced his retirement this week also. Phil’s a legendary campaigner, and what was once an almost marginal seat has become rock safe thanks to his efforts. A damn nice guy, with a great sense of humour. I recall being excited in 1999 when we got an intake that included Simon Power, Katherine Rich and (and others). A bit sad that they’ll all be gone by the next election but 15 years isn’t a bad spell.

The plus side is that National is showing how to renew itself while still in Government. This is quite critical. There’s going to be quite a few new National MPs in 2014. I hope the party organisation is working hard to make sure we get top quality candidates standing for both electorates and list.

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18 Responses to “English goes list only, Heatley retires”

  1. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    What about cabinet renewal?

    And will JK leave on his terms or will he be forced out? I’ve said before – JK should announce his successor about half way through next term, and step down at the 2017 election.

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  2. Warren Murray (289 comments) says:

    It will be very interesting to see who secures the nomination for Clutha Southland. Many holders of the seat and what was Wallace have risen to very senior levels of their party and Government.

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  3. KapitiCoast (114 comments) says:

    I’m still confounded that Mallard has/is front bench (perhaps not for long?) MP, he was the campaign manager for Labours worst defeat in 75yrs at that 2011 election AND HE”S NOT BEEN DEMOTED!! I just can’t get my head around it. A Manager of any sports team that finishes stone last is replaced and sacked, Mallard seems to just keep rolling on and no consequences for his responsibility of managing/guiding the 2011 campaign. Can anyone please tell me why? (yes I know Labour and responsibility/consequences have no connection with their voters either in their decisions in life)….it leads me to 2x conclusions

    1: He knows where the bodies are buried and can/will make it VERY embarrassing to Labour party if he sacked/demoted as he’s a vindictive man
    2: Labour party have no one else that can replace him (sad!)

    PS, King is the same, that episode of a naked man running away from her house as Darren molested him would have been front page news/investigated and indeed allegations she was involved if a left leaning MSM were not in control had King been an MP of the right!!, fuck!!…SOOOO frustrating.

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  4. KapitiCoast (114 comments) says:

    PS….Have all of KB readers/contributors had the same ‘WTF’ moment when the left claim ‘Right Wing MSM’ are in control when a piece is written agains the left (Len Brown being prime example lately, amongst the many examples since 2008)….I just shake my head and think… really, honestly!!…you serious WTF you been reading to think that over 5yrs.

    Sorry…rant over, just fucks me off the whole Left thinking which is so removed from ‘normal’ NZ psyche

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  5. bringbackdemocracy (412 comments) says:

    This also means that if National lose the next election, English can leave without a by-election.

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  6. Scott (1,730 comments) says:

    (I appreciate Bill English and so these remarks do not particularly concern him)

    I don’t really like the concept of a list MP who is therefore not elected by and not accountable to a group of people who actually vote in him or her. It has given us for instance the Green party most of whom would never be elected by an electorate. It has given us a gaggle of gays,extreme environmentalists and others who can do what they like because they are not held to account.

    Parliament has lurched far to the left because of MMP in my view. And the list MP has a disproportionate influence because they cannot be voted out. Kevin Hague and Maryann Street come to mind.

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  7. taranaki (20 comments) says:

    DPF, does this mean that English will lose his housing allowance as he’ll no longer be an out-of-town MP? Here’s hoping he doesn’t end up sleeping under the Karori viaduct.

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  8. rg (197 comments) says:

    It was John Banks who made Whangarei rock solid.

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  9. Shazzadude (516 comments) says:

    I don’t know about that rg-John Banks needed postal votes to hold off New Zealand First from winning Whangarei in 1996.

    Next election could be interesting-if Winston stands for a seat, I’m sure it will be Whangarei.

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  10. Chi Hsu (94 comments) says:

    Phil Heatley announced his retirement this week also. Phil’s a legendary campaigner, and what was once an almost marginal seat has become rock safe thanks to his efforts. A damn nice guy, with a great sense of humour.

    Who will surely be remembered for all his numerous achievements and significant accomplishments during his time in Parliament, namely…

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  11. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    Phil who? Meanwhile, Double Dipton English seems to be reinventing himself in preparation for a role in Opposition.

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  12. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    “A damn nice guy, with a great sense of humour.”

    He is indeed that but completely politically directionless.

    I’ll bet he never knew the National Party have a set of founding principles-

    “To promote good citizenship and self-reliance; to combat communism and socialism; to maintain freedom of contract; to encourage private enterprise; to safeguard individual rights and the privilege of ownership; to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”.

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  13. peterwn (3,194 comments) says:

    taranaki – Sleeping under the Kelburn Viaduct is too dangerous. In the 2008 election some idiot tore off a 2.4m x 1.2m election hoarding board in Upland Road and threw it over the Kelburn Viaduct. It could have had tragic consequences.

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  14. Warren Murray (289 comments) says:

    Taranaki – at the risk of sounding like a politician, the answer might be yes and no.

    List MPs qualify for the housing allowance, so if Bill claims Dipton is his home, it doesn’t matter whether he’s a constituency or List MP, he’ll qualify for the payment. Such a claim would need to be supported by him spending his time there when not working in Wellington, which given his ministerial work load doesn’t allow for much time in Dipton. However, I recall that when Bill got caught trying to rort the system in 2008/9, he said he wouldn’t claim the allowance.

    The change signals his political career coming to an end, like Cullen, if National loses, he can quietly leave Parliament. It will be interesting to see what he does next.

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  15. Viking2 (11,228 comments) says:

    Phil really is a nice guy and is respected by many who wander around that part of the world.

    Good at fishing as well.

    I’m waiting for Key to hand the DCM to Smith. He causes more shit than anyone around. But he won his seat last time and the Nats want to hang onto it. so no pruning and the useful idiot.

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  16. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    “….The plus side is that National is showing how to renew itself while still in Government. This is quite critical….”

    LOL.

    I suggested the same on GD yesterday………and got the most downticks I’ve ever had. Redbaiter gets rubbished all the time for saying so too.

    KBers here just love being progs DPF! :cool:

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  17. tvb (4,236 comments) says:

    Moving to the list is a nice way to prepare for retirement without the need of a messy by-election. Murray McCully and Tony Ryall might do something similar.

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  18. s.russell (1,578 comments) says:

    I suspect the idea is to prepare for transition at the finance ministry. At some point in 2015, English can step down from the finance roll and retire from Parliament – refreshing the top team without the need for a byelection.

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