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Swain not seeking Cabinet post

4 October 2005

Swain not seeking Cabinet post

Rimutaka MP and Minister Paul Swain is not seeking a Cabinet post in the new Labour-led government, opting instead to spend more time with his family and to focus on electorate issues.

"It has been an enormous privilege to have been part of a Labour-led government and Cabinet over the last six years. We have achieved great things for New Zealand.

"However, during that time, I have had to juggle family, electorate commitments and Cabinet responsibilities. Since the birth of our daughter Madeline last year, I have decided to spend more time with her and my wife Toni, and my two sons. This decision will also give me more time to focus on issues in my electorate," Mr Swain said.

Mr Swain said he had enjoyed his time as a minister and had many interesting and challenging portfolios (see list attached).

"I believe the time is right to step down as a minister. The Labour caucus is stacked full of talent and many people are ready to come forward."

Mr Swain wished Prime Minister Helen Clark and the incoming Cabinet all the best for the term ahead and said he would be there to play any role asked of him.

ENDS

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