National Party President Tribute To Simon Upton
For Immediate Release
National Party President Bernard Duncan has paid tribute to
Simon Upton for the insight and intellectual rigour which he
brought to his portfolio areas during his 19 years as an
"He will also be missed for his contribution to the
Party's affairs in our Central North Island region," Mr
"The Party wishes Simon well in his new role.
It is one which people can feel proud to know is being
filled by a New Zealander.
"It is likely that National's
next list nominee, Alec Neill, will take Simon's place in
National's caucus team.
"Alec has considerable
Parliamentary experience and is highly regarded, especially
in the Party's Canterbury-Westland region. Mr Neill will
bring with him expertise in a range of areas; notably
justice, rural and provincial issues.
Simon Upton will
formally retire in the New Year.
Bernard Duncan Acting
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