Mrs Shipley’s resignation
8 October 2001 Media Statement
Prime Minister Helen Clark said tonight
that outgoing National Party leader Mrs Shipley had been
white-anted by Mr English and his cabal for some
“Mrs Shipley has soldiered on with an increasingly
disloyal caucus. Her resignation now has come as no
“It is important to note that Mrs Shipley has
served as a member of Parliament for 14 years and has held
the highest political office in the land.
thinks of her politics, she has made her mark.
leadership change will not solve the National Party’s
problems. It has yet to demonstrate that it has learned
anything from its defeat at the 1999 election.
“As long as
National articulates policies which were resoundingly
rejected by voters two years ago, its prospects under any
leader are dim,” Helen Clark
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