The Herald reports:
“I got into politics because I was inspired by the people I worked for: Bill English, Gerry Brownlee and Hekia Parata. I wanted the opportunity to make my contribution too,” Barclay said.
“I don’t want the issues that are important to Clutha-Southland and all of New Zealand to be distracted by an employment dispute.
“This has been a hard decision to make, but it is in the best interests of our government and the National Party, and I wish the Prime Minister and our team all the best for the General Election.”
Barclay said he wanted to pay tribute to his friends and colleagues in the party and caucus, particularly Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie.
Barclay said being elected Clutha-Southland MP was the proudest moment of his life, and it was a privilege to serve the people in the electorate.
A brutal end for a new MP. Very loyal of him to give up a very very safe seat in order to stop this issue festering for National.