Banks Will Not Stand In 2014
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Today, Hon John Banks, MP for Epsom and leader of ACT, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2014 General Election. John has decided, after 36 years of public service, that it is time for him to spend more time on his family and his private business interests. In the meantime, John will continue as the MP for Epsom and Leader of ACT.
As part of its candidate selection process for general elections, the Board of ACT will shortly be opening nominations for candidates to stand for ACT in the 2014 General Election. We have a number of very talented potential candidates and we expect to name our key candidates, including a new candidate for Epsom, by the time of our annual conference in early March.
The seat of Epsom has been held by an ACT MP since 2005, and we believe those MPs have served Epsom and New Zealand well. Since 2008, ACT has supported the John Key lead National coalition government in providing stable centre right government to New Zealand. The importance of this has been recognised by the voters of Epsom, who have continued to elect an ACT MP throughout this time.