Many in National will be sad at the passing today of Alan Towers, from pancreatic cancer. He was only in his mid 50s, so got taken far too soon.
Alan was the Northern Regional Chair of the National Party for several years, and also on the Board of Directors.
He was a very popular and gregarious person, who gave massively to the party which was in his DNA. A wonderful drinking companion.
I expect there will be a huge number of MPs and other party members at his funeral next week.