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National’s new whips announced

Rt Hon John Key
Prime Minister
29 January 2013 Media Statement

National’s new whips announced

Prime Minister John Key has announced the election of National’s new whips following the National Party Caucus this morning.

Mr Key says the new senior whip will be MP for Taupo, Louise Upston.

Louise Upston has been promoted to senior whip from junior whip after Mr Key announced last week that Michael Woodhouse will be a Minister outside Cabinet.

The new junior whip will be MP for Hamilton West, Tim Macindoe.

MP for Botany, Jami-Lee Ross, has also been appointed to the newly-created position of third whip.

The Remuneration Authority determined in its annual review last year that political parties with more than 45 MPs will have funding for a third whip.

“Louise Upston, Tim Macindoe and Jami-Lee Ross will be a great whips team and I congratulate them on their appointments,” Mr Key says.


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