Reti elected Deputy Leader

Stuff reports:

Shane Reti has been elected as the new deputy leader of the National Party, in a meteoric rise up the party’s ranks.

He was elected at a caucus meeting that also reconfirmed the party’s confidence in Judith Collins as leader, despite the devastating election loss. …

“I’m delighted by Dr Shane Reti’s appointment. He is a hard-working, intelligent MP with all the skills needed to be an effective leader. His detailed examination and prosecution of the Government’s handling of Covid-19 helped improve the response for New Zealanders,” Collins said in a statement.

“Dr Reti’s knowledge and history working in the health sector will be an asset as Parliament deals with the impact of Covid-19. His experience will be invaluable to me as deputy leader and I’m looking forward to working closer with him.”

Reti, a former GP in Northland, entered Parliament in 2014 after almost a decade overseas working and teaching at Harvard.

With Covid-19 likely to remain a big focus for at least another year, having Dr Reti as Deputy Leader will be very useful to National.

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