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National MP Rankings Announced

Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley has today released the revised rankings for National MPs, in accordance with the portfolio reshuffle announced last week.

The top nine places in the rankings make up the new National front-bench.

The reshuffle has also affected the rankings of the National middle-bench (those rated between 10 and 18). The rankings beyond this point remain unchanged.

Please note that the rankings from 32 to 39 are for the new intake of National MPs from the 1999 election and remain, as with the previous rankings, in alphabetical order.

The new rankings are as follows:

National MP rankings and portfolios - 12 February 2001

1 Jenny Shipley Leader
2 Bill English Finance Audit Superannuation for Future Retirees
3 Roger Sowry Leader of the House Health State Services
4 Max Bradford Foreign Affairs Defence Associate Finance
5 Tony Ryall Police Commerce
6 Lockwood Smith Labour and Industrial Relations SOEs Associate
7 Gerry Brownlee Education
8 Bob Simcock Social Services Employment Work and Income
9 Nick Smith Sustainable Development Conservation
Environment Spokesperson Responsible for Provinces
10 Murray McCully Local Government Accident Insurance Spokesperson
Responsible for Auckland
11 John Luxton International Trade Negotiations & Inward
Investment Economic & Regional Development
12 Wyatt Creech Shadow Minister of State Associate Foreign Affairs
Associate Revenue Disarmament and Arms Control
13 Maurice Williamson Tertiary Education Information Technology
Research, Science and Technology
14 David Carter Tourism Housing
15 John Carter Senior Whip Deputy Leader of the House Civil Defence
and Emergency Services
16 Alec Neill Communications Associate Commerce Associate Justice
17 Belinda Vernon Transport Arts, Culture and Heritage
18 Georgina Te Heuheu Maori Affairs Treaty Negotiations
19 Wayne Mapp Justice Associate Treaty Negotiations
20 Gavan Herlihy Agriculture Associate International Trade and Inward
21 Annabel Young Revenue Associate Education Education Review Office
22 Brian Neeson Corrections Associate Economic & Regional
23 Eric Roy Biosecurity and Border Control Associate Agriculture
Associate Fisheries
24 Doug Kidd Fisheries Fisheries Commission
25 Clem Simich Attorney General Racing Political Advisor Electoral
Boundary Changes
26 Marie Hasler Immigration and Population Consumer Affairs
27 Warren Kyd Small Business Manufacturing Statistics and
Compliance Costs
28 Tony Steel Sport, Fitness and Leisure Associate Tertiary
Education ETSA Teacher and Industry Training
29 Pansy Wong Ethnic Affairs Energy Associate Commerce
30 Arthur Anae Pacific Island Affairs Associate Housing
31 Shane Ardern Rural Affairs Associate Agriculture Spokesperson for
Rural New Zealand
32 Phil Heatley Forestry
33 Paul Hutchison Crown Research Institutes Associate Research,
Science and Technology Associate Health
34 Simon Power Youth Affairs Associate Labour Associate Sustainable
Development Conservation Environment
35 Katherine Rich Broadcasting National Library National Archives
36 Lynda Scott Senior Citizens Superannuation for Current Retirees
Associate Health
37 Lindsay Tisch Internal Affairs
38 Anne Tolley Women's Affairs Early Childhood Education
39 Richard Worth Courts Veterans' Affairs Associate Justice
Associate Attorney-General

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