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Former editor appointed Chief of Staff

Former editor appointed Chief of Staff

Richard Long, a former editor of The Dominion, is to join the office of the Leader of the Opposition as Chief of Staff, National Party leader Bill English said today.

Mr English said he was grateful acting Chief of Staff, Glenda Hughes, had been able to step into the breach to fill a temporary gap on his senior staff until a permanent appointment was made.

"I am grateful for the professional way in which Glenda was able to drop other commitments to fill the role temporarily and ensure the smooth running of my Office. She stepped up from a consultancy role to take on a three-month appointment and when Richard Long takes up his position she will return to providing consultancy services to my office," Mr English said.

Ms Hughes said she had enjoyed working with Mr English and his team. "I am now looking forward to returning to full-time consultancy and continuing the work with my private clients," she said.

Mr English said that during a distinguished newspaper career Mr Long had spent 20 years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery and had a wide knowledge of Parliament and its procedures.

During his 10 years as editor of The Dominion he managed a large staff and maintained a close interest in the political process.

"His appointment will greatly strengthen our support systems," Mr English said.

Mr Long said he greatly valued the six months he had just spent with the Wellington public affairs consultancy Busby Ramshaw Grice, which often took him back to his Parliamentary stamping ground.

This had helped prepare him for the new challenge, he said.

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