Three National retirements

List MPs David Carter and Nicky Wagner announced they will retire at the election, as well as Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie.

This takes a but of pressure off the list, noting Paula Bennett said she is going list only. So if National gets the same number of seats as last time, all existing List MPs can be accommodated and room for at least one more.

Will be interesting to see who stands for Invercargill. It is a moderately safe seat, but not one to be taken for granted.

I’ll especially miss David Carter. Apart from having known him for 25 years, we have twice ended up running marathons together (New York and Queenstown).

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