Eric Roy will not seek re-election
[From Eric Roy's blog]
I have announced
today that I will not be seeking re-election to Parliament
later this year.
Invercargill is a diverse and interesting
seat to represent and it has been an exciting and
interesting responsibility, but I believe it is time to move
It has been a privilege to be part of a wider group of
Southland leaders who have seen Southland grow and achieve
one of the lowest unemployment levels in the country.
long after I first became an MP, economist Tony Alexander
wrote a column on Invercargill, which more or less
instructed the last one to leave Invercargill to turn out
the lights. The census last year showed Southland is
achieving growth, I am sure we can look forward to Southland
and Invercargill continuing to be a force that punches above
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