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Rajen Prasad to leave Parliament

David
Cunliffe

Labour Leader
2 May 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT


Rajen Prasad to leave Parliament


Rajen Prasad will be greatly missed from the ranks of the Labour Caucus when he retires from Parliament in September, said Labour Leader David Cunliffe

“Rajen has made a huge contribution, often behind the scenes, in his six years in Parliament.

“He has been instrumental in developing and refining policy around immigration and ethnic affairs.

“He came into the House from a long and distinguished career in public affairs, including as Race Relations Conciliator, and used that experience to significantly underline Labour’s commitment to multiculturalism in Parliament.

“New Zealand is an increasingly diverse country with a large and influential Indian community. Rajen was able to talk directly and with particular empathy to that community.

“He has made a consistent and considerable contribution to the Labour Caucus throughout his time in Parliament. We will all miss his fundamental decency, analytical ability, clear and strong values and his quiet wit and intelligence.

“We wish him very well for the next chapter of his life and career after September,’’ said David Cunliffe.

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